The acl_extended_file() function returns 1 if the file or directory
referred to by the argument path_p is associated with an extended
access ACL, or if the directory referred to by path_p is associated
with a default ACL. The function returns 0 if the file has neither an
extended access ACL nor a default ACL.
An extended ACL is an ACL that contains entries other than the three
required entries of tag types ACL_USER_OBJ, ACL_GROUP_OBJ and
ACL_OTHER. If the result of the acl_extended_file() function for a
file object is 0, then ACLs define no discretionary access rights other
than those already defined by the traditional file permission bits.
Access to the file object may be further restricted by other mecha‐
nisms, such as Mandatory Access Control schemes. The access(2) system
call can be used to check whether a given type of access to a file
object would be granted.
acl_extended_file_nofollow() is identical to acl_extended_file(),
except in the case of a symbolic link, where the link itself is inter‐
rogated, not the file that it refers to. Since symbolic links have no
ACL themselves, the operation is supposed to fail on them.
If successful, the acl_extended_file() function returns 1 if the file
object referred to by path_p has an extended access ACL or a default
ACL, and 0 if the file object referred to by path_p has neither an
extended access ACL nor a default ACL. Otherwise, the value -1 is
returned and the global variable errno is set to indicate the error.
If any of the following conditions occur, the acl_extended_file() func‐
tion returns -1 and sets errno to the corresponding value:
[EACCES] Search permission is denied for a component of the
[ENAMETOOLONG] The length of the argument path_p is too long.
[ENOENT] The named object does not exist or the argument
path_p points to an empty string.
[ENOTDIR] A component of the path prefix is not a directory.
[ENOTSUP] The file system on which the file identified by
path_p is located does not support ACLs, or ACLs are
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