REMOVEXATTR(2) Linux Programmer's Manual REMOVEXATTR(2)
removexattr, lremovexattr, fremovexattr - remove an extended attribute
int removexattr(const char *path, const char *name);
int lremovexattr(const char *path, const char *name);
int fremovexattr(int fd, const char *name);
Extended attributes are name:value pairs associated with inodes (files, directories, sym-
bolic links, etc.). They are extensions to the normal attributes which are associated
with all inodes in the system (i.e., the stat(2) data). A complete overview of extended
attributes concepts can be found in attr(5).
removexattr() removes the extended attribute identified by name and associated with the
given path in the filesystem.
lremovexattr() is identical to removexattr(), except in the case of a symbolic link, where
the extended attribute is removed from the link itself, not the file that it refers to.
fremovexattr() is identical to removexattr(), only the extended attribute is removed from
the open file referred to by fd (as returned by open(2)) in place of path.
An extended attribute name is a simple null-terminated string. The name includes a names-
pace prefix; there may be several, disjoint namespaces associated with an individual
On success, zero is returned. On failure, -1 is returned and errno is set appropriately.
The named attribute does not exist. (ENOATTR is defined to be a synonym for ENO-
DATA in <attr/xattr.h>.)
Extended attributes are not supported by the filesystem, or are disabled.
In addition, the errors documented in stat(2) can also occur.
These system calls have been available on Linux since kernel 2.4; glibc support is pro-
vided since version 2.3.
These system calls are Linux-specific.
getfattr(1), setfattr(1), getxattr(2), listxattr(2), open(2), setxattr(2), stat(2),
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