acl_delete_def_file(3) — Linux manual page


ACL_DELETE_DEF_FILE(3)   Library Functions Manual ACL_DELETE_DEF_FILE(3)

NAME         top

       acl_delete_def_file — delete a default ACL by filename

LIBRARY         top

       Linux Access Control Lists library (libacl, -lacl).

SYNOPSIS         top

       <sys/types.h> <sys/acl.h> int acl_delete_def_file(const char

DESCRIPTION         top

       The acl_delete_def_file() function deletes a default ACL from the
       directory whose pathname is pointed to by the argument path_p.

       The effective user ID of the process must match the owner of the
       file or directory or the process must have the CAP_FOWNER
       capability for the request to succeed.

       If the argument path_p is not a directory, then the function
       fails. It is no error if the directory whose pathname is pointed
       to by the argument path_p does not have a default ACL.

RETURN VALUE         top

       The acl_delete_def_file() function returns the value 0 if
       successful; otherwise the value -1 is returned and the global
       variable errno is set to indicate the error.

ERRORS         top

       If any of the following conditions occur, the
       acl_delete_def_file() function returns the value -1 and and sets
       errno to the corresponding value:

       [EINVAL]           The file referred to by path_p is not a

       [ENOTSUP]          The file system on which the file identified
                          by path_p is located does not support ACLs, or
                          ACLs are disabled.

       [EPERM]            The process does not have appropriate
                          privilege to perform the operation to delete
                          the default ACL.

       [EROFS]            This function requires modification of a file
                          system which is currently read-only.

STANDARDS         top

       IEEE Std 1003.1e draft 17 (“POSIX.1e”, abandoned)

SEE ALSO         top

       acl_get_file(3), acl_set_file(3), acl(5)

AUTHOR         top

       Derived from the FreeBSD manual pages written by Robert N M
       Watson <>, and adapted for Linux by Andreas
       Gruenbacher <>.

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Linux ACL                    March 23, 2002       ACL_DELETE_DEF_FILE(3)