pathconf()

Return the value of a configurable limit

Synopsis:

#include <unistd.h>

long pathconf( const char* path, 
               int name );

Arguments:

path
The name of the file whose limit you want to get.
name
The name of the configurable limit; see below.

Library:

libc

Use the -l c option to qcc to link against this library. This library is usually included automatically.

Description:

The pathconf() function returns a value of a configurable limit indicated by name, which is associated with the filename given in path.

Configurable limits are defined in <confname.h>, and include at least the following values:

_PC_ASYNC_IO
Defined if asynchronous I/O is supported for the file.
_PC_CHOWN_RESTRICTED
If defined (not -1), indicates that the use of the chown() function is restricted to a process with root privileges, and to changing the group ID of a file to the effective group ID of the process or to one of its supplementary group IDs.
_PC_LINK_DIR
Defined (not -1) if the filesystem permits the unlinking of a directory.
_PC_LINK_MAX
Maximum value of a file's link count.
_PC_MAX_CANON
Maximum number of bytes in a terminal's canonical input buffer (edit buffer).
_PC_MAX_INPUT
Maximum number of bytes in a terminal's raw input buffer.
_PC_NAME_MAX
Maximum number of bytes in a file name (not including the terminating null).
_PC_NO_TRUNC
If defined (not -1), indicates that the use of pathname components longer than the value given by _PC_NAME_MAX will generate an error.
_PC_PATH_MAX
Maximum number of bytes in a pathname (not including the terminating null).
_PC_PIPE_BUF
Maximum number of bytes that can be written atomically when writing to a pipe.
_PC_PRIO_IO
Defined (not -1) if prioritized I/O is supported for the file.
_PC_SYNC_IO
Defined (not -1) if synchronous I/O is supported for the file.
_PC_VDISABLE
If defined (not -1), this is the character value which can be used to individually disable special control characters in the termios control structure.

Returns:

The requested configurable limit, or -1 if an error occurs ( errno is set).

Errors:

EACCES
Search permission is denied for a component of path.
EINVAL
The name argument is invalid, or the indicated limit isn't supported.
ELOOP
Too many levels of symbolic links or prefixes.
ENAMETOOLONG
The path argument, or a component of path, is too long.
ENOENT
The file doesn't exist.
ENOSYS
The pathconf() function isn't implemented for the filesystem specified in path.
ENOTDIR
A component of the path prefix isn't a directory.

Examples:

#include <stdio.h>
#include <stdlib.h>
#include <unistd.h>

int main( void )
  {
    long value;

    value = pathconf( "/dev/con1", _PC_MAX_INPUT );
    printf( "Input buffer size is %ld bytes\n",
        value );
    return EXIT_SUCCESS;
  }

Classification:

POSIX 1003.1

Safety:  
Cancellation point Yes
Interrupt handler No
Signal handler Yes
Thread Yes

Last modified: 2013-12-23

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