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ACCESS(2)                 OpenBSD Programmer's Manual                ACCESS(2)

     access - check access permissions of a file or pathname

     #include <unistd.h>

     access(const char *path, int mode);

     The access() function checks the accessibility of the file named by path
     for the access permissions indicated by mode. The value of mode is the
     bitwise inclusive OR of the access permissions to be checked (R_OK for
     read permission, W_OK for write permission and X_OK for execute/search
     permission) or the existence test, F_OK. All components of the pathname
     path are checked for access permissions (including F_OK).

     The real user ID is used in place of the effective user ID and the real
     group access list (including the real group ID) are used in place of the
     effective ID for verifying permission.

     Even if a process has appropriate privileges and indicates success for
     X_OK, the file may not actually have execute permission bits set.  Like-
     wise for R_OK and W_OK.

     If path cannot be found or if any of the desired access modes would not
     be granted, then a -1 value is returned; otherwise a 0 value is returned.

     Access to the file is denied if:

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

                   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.

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

     [EROFS]       Write access is requested for a file on a read-only file

     [ETXTBSY]     Write access is requested for a pure procedure (shared
                   text) file presently being executed.

     [EACCES]      Permission bits of the file mode do not permit the request-
                   ed access, or search permission is denied on a component of
                   the path prefix.  The owner of a file has permission
                   checked with respect to the ``owner'' read, write, and exe-
                   cute mode bits, members of the file's group other than the
                   owner have permission checked with respect to the ``group''
                   mode bits, and all others have permissions checked with re-
                   spect to the ``other'' mode bits.

     [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.

     [EINVAL]      An invalid value was specified for mode.

     chmod(2),  stat(2)

     The access() function conforms to IEEE Std1003.1-1990 (``POSIX'').

     access() is a potential security hole and should never be used.

OpenBSD 2.6                      April 1, 1994                               2

Source: OpenBSD 2.6 man pages. Copyright: Portions are copyrighted by BERKELEY
SOFTWARE DESIGN, INC., The Regents of the University of California, Massachusetts
Institute of Technology, Free Software Foundation, FreeBSD Inc., and others.

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