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GETFSENT(3)                Linux Programmer's Manual               GETFSENT(3)



NAME
       getfsent, getfsspec, getfsfile, setfsent, endfsent - handle fstab entries

SYNOPSIS
       #include <fstab.h>

       void endfsent(void);

       struct fstab *getfsent(void);

       struct fstab *getfsfile(const char *mount_point);

       struct fstab *getfsspec(const char *special_file);

       int setfsent(void);

DESCRIPTION
       These functions read from the file /etc/fstab.  The struct fstab is defined by:

           struct fstab {
               char       *fs_spec;       /* block device name */
               char       *fs_file;       /* mount point */
               char       *fs_vfstype;    /* file-sysem type */
               char       *fs_mntops;     /* mount options */
               const char *fs_type;       /* rw/rq/ro/sw/xx option */
               int         fs_freq;       /* dump frequency, in days */
               int         fs_passno;     /* pass number on parallel dump */
           };

       Here  the field fs_type contains (on a *BSD system) one of the five strings "rw", "rq", "ro", "sw", "xx" (read-
       write, read-write with quota, read-only, swap, ignore).

       The function setfsent() opens the file when required and positions it at the first line.

       The function getfsent() parses the next line from the file.  (After opening it when required.)

       The function endfsent() closes the file when required.

       The function getfsspec() searches the file from the start and returns the  first  entry  found  for  which  the
       fs_spec field matches the special_file argument.

       The  function  getfsfile()  searches  the  file  from the start and returns the first entry found for which the
       fs_file field matches the mount_point argument.

RETURN VALUE
       Upon success, the functions getfsent(), getfsfile(), and getfsspec() return a pointer to a struct fstab,  while
       setfsent() returns 1.  Upon failure or end-of-file, these functions return NULL and 0, respectively.

CONFORMING TO
       These functions are not in POSIX.1-2001.  Several operating systems have them, e.g., *BSD, SunOS, Digital Unix,
       AIX (which also has a getfstype()).  HP-UX has functions of the same names, that however use a struct checklist
       instead of a struct fstab, and calls these functions obsolete, superseded by getmntent(3).

NOTES
       These functions are not thread-safe.

       Since  Linux  allows  mounting a block special device in several places, and since several devices can have the
       same mount point, where the last device with a given mount point is the interesting one, while getfsfile()  and
       getfsspec() only return the first occurrence, these two functions are not suitable for use under Linux.

SEE ALSO
       getmntent(3), fstab(5)

COLOPHON
       This  page  is part of release 3.22 of the Linux man-pages project.  A description of the project, and informa-
       tion about reporting bugs, can be found at http://www.kernel.org/doc/man-pages/.



GNU                               2002-02-28                       GETFSENT(3)