keyctl_get_persistent(3) — Linux manual page


KEYCTL_...RSISTENT(3)  Linux Key Management Calls  KEYCTL_...RSISTENT(3)

NAME         top

       keyctl_get_persistent - get the persistent keyring for a user

SYNOPSIS         top

       #include <keyutils.h>

       long keyctl_get_persistent(uid_t uid, key_serial_t keyring);

DESCRIPTION         top

       keyctl_get_persistent() gets the persistent keyring for the
       specified user ID.  Unlike the session and user keyrings, this
       keyring will persist once all login sessions have been deleted
       and can thus be used to carry authentication tokens for processes
       that run without user interaction, such as programs started by

       The persistent keyring will be created by the kernel if it does
       not yet exist.  Each time this function is called, the persistent
       keyring will have its expiration timeout reset to the value in:


       (by default three days).  Should the timeout be reached, the
       persistent keyring will be removed and everything it pins can
       then be garbage collected.

       If uid is -1 then the calling process's real user ID will be
       used.  If uid is not -1 then error EPERM will be given if the
       user ID requested does not match either the caller's real or
       effective user IDs or if the calling process does not have SetUid

       If successful, a link to the persistent keyring will be added
       into keyring.

RETURN VALUE         top

       On success keyctl_get_persistent() returns the serial number of
       the persistent keyring.  On error, the value -1 will be returned
       and errno will have been set to an appropriate error.

ERRORS         top

       EPERM  Not permitted to access the persistent keyring for the
              requested uid.

       ENOMEM Insufficient memory to create the persistent keyring or to
              extend keyring.

       ENOKEY keyring does not exist.

              keyring has expired.

              keyring has been revoked.

       EDQUOT The user does not have sufficient quota to extend keyring.

       EACCES keyring exists, but does not grant write permission to the
              calling process.

LINKING         top

       This is a library function that can be found in libkeyutils.
       When linking, -lkeyutils should be specified to the linker.

SEE ALSO         top

       keyctl(1), add_key(2), keyctl(2), request_key(2), keyctl(3),
       keyrings(7), keyutils(7), persistent-keyring(7),

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Linux                          20 Feb 2014         KEYCTL_...RSISTENT(3)

Pages that refer to this page: keyctl(2)keyctl(3)keyrings(7)persistent-keyring(7)