execveat - execute program relative to a directory file descriptor


   #include <unistd.h>

   int execveat(int dirfd, const char *pathname,
                char *const argv[], char *const envp[],
                int flags);


   The  execveat()  system  call  executes  the program referred to by the
   combination of dirfd and pathname.  It operates in exactly the same way
   as execve(2), except for the differences described in this manual page.

   If  the  pathname given in pathname is relative, then it is interpreted
   relative to the directory referred to  by  the  file  descriptor  dirfd
   (rather  than  relative to the current working directory of the calling
   process, as is done by execve(2) for a relative pathname).

   If pathname is relative and dirfd is the special value  AT_FDCWD,  then
   pathname  is  interpreted  relative to the current working directory of
   the calling process (like execve(2)).

   If pathname is absolute, then dirfd is ignored.

   If pathname is an empty string and the AT_EMPTY_PATH flag is specified,
   then the file descriptor dirfd specifies the file to be executed (i.e.,
   dirfd refers to an executable file, rather than a directory).

   The flags argument is a bit mask that can include zero or more  of  the
   following flags:

          If  pathname is an empty string, operate on the file referred to
          by dirfd (which may have been obtained using the open(2)  O_PATH

          If  the  file  identified  by dirfd and a non-NULL pathname is a
          symbolic link, then the call fails with the error ELOOP.


   On success, execveat() does not return.  On error, -1 is returned,  and
   errno is set appropriately.


   The same errors that occur for execve(2) can also occur for execveat().
   The following additional errors can occur for execveat():

   EBADF  dirfd is not a valid file descriptor.

   EINVAL Invalid flag specified in flags.

   ELOOP  flags includes AT_SYMLINK_NOFOLLOW and the  file  identified  by
          dirfd and a non-NULL pathname is a symbolic link.

   ENOENT The program identified by dirfd and pathname requires the use of
          an interpreter program (such as a script  starting  with  "#!"),
          but  the  file  descriptor  dirfd  was opened with the O_CLOEXEC
          flag, with the result that the program file is  inaccessible  to
          the launched interpreter.  See BUGS.

          pathname is relative and dirfd is a file descriptor referring to
          a file other than a directory.


   execveat() was added to Linux in kernel 3.19.  GNU C library support is


   The execveat() system call is Linux-specific.


   In  addition  to  the  reasons  explained  in openat(2), the execveat()
   system call is also needed to allow fexecve(3)  to  be  implemented  on
   systems that do not have the /proc filesystem mounted.

   When  asked to execute a script file, the argv[0] that is passed to the
   script interpreter is a string of the form  /dev/fd/N  or  /dev/fd/N/P,
   where  N  is  the  number  of  the file descriptor passed via the dirfd
   argument.  A string of the first  form  occurs  when  AT_EMPTY_PATH  is
   employed.   A  string  of  the  second  form  occurs when the script is
   specified via both dirfd and pathname; in this case,  P  is  the  value
   given in pathname.

   For  the  same  reasons described in fexecve(3), the natural idiom when
   using execveat() is to set the close-on-exec flag on dirfd.   (But  see


   The  ENOENT  error described above means that it is not possible to set
   the close-on-exec flag on the file descriptor given to a  call  of  the

       execveat(fd, "", argv, envp, AT_EMPTY_PATH);

   However,  the inability to set the close-on-exec flag means that a file
   descriptor referring to the script leaks through to the script  itself.
   As  well  as  wasting a file descriptor, this leakage can lead to file-
   descriptor exhaustion in scenarios  where  scripts  recursively  employ


   execve(2), openat(2), fexecve(3)


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