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REMOVEXATTR(2)                   System calls                   REMOVEXATTR(2)



NAME
       removexattr, lremovexattr, fremovexattr - remove an extended attribute

SYNOPSIS
       #include <sys/types.h>
       #include <attr/xattr.h>

       int removexattr (const char *path, const char *name);
       int lremovexattr (const char *path, const char *name);
       int fremovexattr (int filedes, const char *name);

DESCRIPTION
       Extended  attributes are name:value pairs associated with inodes (files, directories, symlinks, etc).  They are
       extensions to the normal attributes which are associated with all inodes in the system (i.e. the stat(2) data).
       A complete overview of extended attributes concepts can be found in attr(5).

       removexattr  removes  the  extended  attribute  identified  by  name  and associated with the given path in the
       filesystem.

       lremovexattr is identical to removexattr, except in the case of a symbolic link, where the  extended  attribute
       is removed from the link itself, not the file that it refers to.

       fremovexattr  is identical to removexattr, only the extended attribute is removed from the open file pointed to
       by filedes (as returned by open(2)) in place of path.

       An extended attribute name is a simple NULL-terminated string.  The name includes a namespace  prefix  -  there
       may be several, disjoint namespaces associated with an individual inode.

RETURN VALUE
       On success, zero is returned.  On failure, -1 is returned and errno is set appropriately.

       If the named attribute does not exist, errno is set to ENOATTR.

       If extended attributes are not supported by the filesystem, or are disabled, errno is set to ENOTSUP.

       The errors documented for the stat(2) system call are also applicable here.

AUTHORS
       Andreas  Gruenbacher,  <a.gruenbacherATbestbits.at>  and  the SGI XFS development team, <linux-xfsAToss.com>.
       Please send any bug reports or comments to these addresses.

SEE ALSO
       getfattr(1), setfattr(1), open(2), stat(2), setxattr(2), getxattr(2), listxattr(2), and attr(5).



Dec 2001                      Extended Attributes               REMOVEXATTR(2)