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NetBSD 6.1.5 - man page for chflags (netbsd section 2)

CHFLAGS(2)			     BSD System Calls Manual			       CHFLAGS(2)

NAME
     chflags, lchflags, fchflags -- set file flags

LIBRARY
     Standard C Library (libc, -lc)

SYNOPSIS
     #include <sys/stat.h>
     #include <unistd.h>

     int
     chflags(const char *path, u_long flags);

     int
     lchflags(const char *path, u_long flags);

     int
     fchflags(int fd, u_long flags);

DESCRIPTION
     The file whose name is given by path or referenced by the descriptor fd has its flags
     changed to flags.	For lchflags(), symbolic links are not traversed and thus their modes may
     be changed with this call.

     The flags specified are formed by or'ing the following values:

	   UF_NODUMP	 Do not dump the file.
	   UF_IMMUTABLE  The file may not be changed.
	   UF_APPEND	 The file may only be appended to.
	   UF_OPAQUE	 The file (if a directory) is opaque for union mounts.
	   SF_ARCHIVED	 The file is archived.
	   SF_IMMUTABLE  The file may not be changed.
	   SF_APPEND	 The file may only be appended to.

     The UF_NODUMP, UF_IMMUTABLE, UF_APPEND, and UF_OPAQUE flags may be set or unset by either
     the owner of a file or the super-user, except on block and character devices, where only the
     super-user may set or unset them.

     The SF_ARCHIVED, SF_IMMUTABLE, and SF_APPEND flags may only be set or unset by the super-
     user.  Attempts by the non-super-user to set the super-user only flags are silently ignored.
     These flags may be set at any time, but normally may only be unset when the system is in
     single-user mode.	(See init(8) for details.)

RETURN VALUES
     Upon successful completion, a value of 0 is returned.  Otherwise, -1 is returned and the
     global variable errno is set to indicate the error.

ERRORS
     chflags() will fail if:

     [ENOTDIR]		A component of the path prefix is not a directory.

     [ENAMETOOLONG]	A component of a pathname exceeded {NAME_MAX} characters, or an entire
			path name exceeded {PATH_MAX} characters.

     [ENOENT]		The named file does not exist.

     [EACCES]		Search permission is denied for a component of the path prefix.

     [ELOOP]		Too many symbolic links were encountered in translating the pathname.

     [EPERM]		The effective user ID does not match the owner of the file and the effec-
			tive user ID is not the super-user, or the effective user ID is not the
			super-user and one or more of the super-user-only flags for the named
			file would be changed.

     [EOPNOTSUPP]	The named file resides on a file system that does not support file flags.

     [EROFS]		The named file resides on a read-only file system.

     [EFAULT]		path points outside the process's allocated address space.

     [EIO]		An I/O error occurred while reading from or writing to the file system.

     fchflags() will fail if:

     [EBADF]		The descriptor is not valid.

     [EINVAL]		fd refers to a socket, not to a file.

     [EPERM]		The effective user ID does not match the owner of the file and the effec-
			tive user ID is not the super-user, or the effective user ID is not the
			super-user and one or more of the super-user-only flags for the file
			would be changed.

     [EOPNOTSUPP]	The file resides on a file system that does not support file flags.

     [EROFS]		The file resides on a read-only file system.

     [EIO]		An I/O error occurred while reading from or writing to the file system.

SEE ALSO
     chflags(1), stat(2), stat_flags(3), init(8), mount_union(8)

HISTORY
     The chflags() and fchflags() functions first appeared in 4.4BSD.  The lchflags() function
     first appeared in NetBSD 1.5.

BSD					  August 6, 2011				      BSD


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