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NAME

       rename, renameat, renameat2 - change the name or location of a file

SYNOPSIS

       #include <stdio.h>

       int rename(const char *oldpath, const char *newpath);

       #include <fcntl.h>           /* Definition of AT_* constants */
       #include <stdio.h>

       int renameat(int olddirfd, const char *oldpath,
                    int newdirfd, const char *newpath);

       int renameat2(int olddirfd, const char *oldpath,
                     int newdirfd, const char *newpath, unsigned int flags);

       Note: There is no glibc wrapper for renameat2(); see NOTES.

   Feature Test Macro Requirements for glibc (see feature_test_macros(7)):

       renameat():
           Since glibc 2.10:
               _POSIX_C_SOURCE >= 200809L
           Before glibc 2.10:
               _ATFILE_SOURCE

DESCRIPTION

       rename()  renames a file, moving it between directories if required.  Any other hard links
       to the file (as created using link(2)) are unaffected.  Open file descriptors for  oldpath
       are also unaffected.

       Various  restrictions  determine  whether or not the rename operation succeeds: see ERRORS
       below.

       If newpath already exists, it will be atomically replaced, so that there is  no  point  at
       which  another  process attempting to access newpath will find it missing.  However, there
       will probably be a window in which both oldpath  and  newpath  refer  to  the  file  being
       renamed.

       If  oldpath  and newpath are existing hard links referring to the same file, then rename()
       does nothing, and returns a success status.

       If newpath exists but the operation fails for some reason, rename() guarantees to leave an
       instance of newpath in place.

       oldpath  can specify a directory.  In this case, newpath must either not exist, or it must
       specify an empty directory.

       If oldpath refers to a symbolic link, the link is renamed; if newpath refers to a symbolic
       link, the link will be overwritten.

   renameat()
       The  renameat()  system  call operates in exactly the same way as rename(), except for the
       differences described here.

       If the pathname given in oldpath is relative, then  it  is  interpreted  relative  to  the
       directory referred to by the file descriptor olddirfd (rather than relative to the current
       working directory of the calling process, as is done by rename() for a relative pathname).

       If oldpath is relative and olddirfd  is  the  special  value  AT_FDCWD,  then  oldpath  is
       interpreted  relative  to  the  current  working  directory  of  the calling process (like
       rename()).

       If oldpath is absolute, then olddirfd is ignored.

       The interpretation of newpath is as for  oldpath,  except  that  a  relative  pathname  is
       interpreted relative to the directory referred to by the file descriptor newdirfd.

       See openat(2) for an explanation of the need for renameat().

   renameat2()
       renameat2()  has  an  additional  flags  argument.   A  renameat2() call with a zero flags
       argument is equivalent to renameat().

       The flags argument is a bit mask consisting of zero or more of the following flags:

       RENAME_EXCHANGE
              Atomically exchange oldpath and newpath.  Both pathnames must exist but may  be  of
              different  types (e.g., one could be a non-empty directory and the other a symbolic
              link).

       RENAME_NOREPLACE
              Don't overwrite newpath of the rename.  Return an error if newpath already exists.

              RENAME_NOREPLACE can't be employed together with RENAME_EXCHANGE.

       RENAME_WHITEOUT (since Linux 3.18)
              This operation makes sense only for overlay/union filesystem implementations.

              Specifying RENAME_WHITEOUT creates a "whiteout" object at the source of the  rename
              at  the same time as performing the rename.  The whole operation is atomic, so that
              if the rename succeeds then the whiteout will also have been created.

              A "whiteout" is an object that has  special  meaning  in  union/overlay  filesystem
              constructs.   In  these  constructs,  multiple layers exist and only the top one is
              ever modified.  A whiteout on an upper layer will effectively hide a matching  file
              in the lower layer, making it appear as if the file didn't exist.

              When  a file that exists on the lower layer is renamed, the file is first copied up
              (if not already on the upper layer) and  then  renamed  on  the  upper,  read-write
              layer.   At  the  same  time, the source file needs to be "whiteouted" (so that the
              version of the source file in the lower layer is rendered  invisible).   The  whole
              operation needs to be done atomically.

              When not part of a union/overlay, the whiteout appears as a character device with a
              {0,0} device number.

              RENAME_WHITEOUT requires the same privileges as creating a device node  (i.e.,  the
              CAP_MKNOD capability).

              RENAME_WHITEOUT can't be employed together with RENAME_EXCHANGE.

              RENAME_WHITEOUT  requires  support  from  the  underlying  filesystem.   Among  the
              filesystems that provide that support are shmem (since  Linux  3.18),  ext4  (since
              Linux 3.18), and XFS (since Linux 4.1).

RETURN VALUE

       On success, zero is returned.  On error, -1 is returned, and errno is set appropriately.

ERRORS

       EACCES Write  permission  is  denied  for the directory containing oldpath or newpath, or,
              search permission is denied for one of  the  directories  in  the  path  prefix  of
              oldpath  or  newpath, or oldpath is a directory and does not allow write permission
              (needed to update the ..  entry).  (See also path_resolution(7).)

       EBUSY  The rename fails because oldpath or newpath is a directory that is in use  by  some
              process  (perhaps as current working directory, or as root directory, or because it
              was open for reading) or is in use by the system  (for  example  as  mount  point),
              while  the  system  considers this an error.  (Note that there is no requirement to
              return EBUSY in such cases—there is nothing wrong with doing the rename  anyway—but
              it  is  allowed  to  return  EBUSY  if  the  system  cannot  otherwise  handle such
              situations.)

       EDQUOT The user's quota of disk blocks on the filesystem has been exhausted.

       EFAULT oldpath or newpath points outside your accessible address space.

       EINVAL The new pathname contained a path prefix of the old, or, more generally, an attempt
              was made to make a directory a subdirectory of itself.

       EISDIR newpath is an existing directory, but oldpath is not a directory.

       ELOOP  Too many symbolic links were encountered in resolving oldpath or newpath.

       EMLINK oldpath  already  has  the maximum number of links to it, or it was a directory and
              the directory containing newpath has the maximum number of links.

       ENAMETOOLONG
              oldpath or newpath was too long.

       ENOENT The link named by oldpath does not exist; or, a directory component in newpath does
              not exist; or, oldpath or newpath is an empty string.

       ENOMEM Insufficient kernel memory was available.

       ENOSPC The device containing the file has no room for the new directory entry.

       ENOTDIR
              A component used as a directory in oldpath or newpath is not, in fact, a directory.
              Or, oldpath is a directory, and newpath exists but is not a directory.

       ENOTEMPTY or EEXIST
              newpath is a nonempty directory, that is, contains entries other than "." and "..".

       EPERM or EACCES
              The directory containing oldpath has the sticky bit (S_ISVTX) set and the process's
              effective  user ID is neither the user ID of the file to be deleted nor that of the
              directory containing it, and the process is not privileged (Linux:  does  not  have
              the  CAP_FOWNER  capability);  or  newpath  is  an  existing file and the directory
              containing it has the sticky bit set and the process's effective user ID is neither
              the user ID of the file to be replaced nor that of the directory containing it, and
              the process is not privileged (Linux: does not have the CAP_FOWNER capability);  or
              the filesystem containing pathname does not support renaming of the type requested.

       EROFS  The file is on a read-only filesystem.

       EXDEV  oldpath  and  newpath  are  not  on  the same mounted filesystem.  (Linux permits a
              filesystem to be mounted at multiple points, but  rename()  does  not  work  across
              different mount points, even if the same filesystem is mounted on both.)

       The following additional errors can occur for renameat() and renameat2():

       EBADF  olddirfd or newdirfd is not a valid file descriptor.

       ENOTDIR
              oldpath  is  relative  and  olddirfd is a file descriptor referring to a file other
              than a directory; or similar for newpath and newdirfd

       The following additional errors can occur for renameat2():

       EEXIST flags contains RENAME_NOREPLACE and newpath already exists.

       EINVAL An invalid flag was specified in flags.

       EINVAL Both RENAME_NOREPLACE and RENAME_EXCHANGE were specified in flags.

       EINVAL Both RENAME_WHITEOUT and RENAME_EXCHANGE were specified in flags.

       EINVAL The filesystem does not support one of the flags in flags.

       ENOENT flags contains RENAME_EXCHANGE and newpath does not exist.

       EPERM  RENAME_WHITEOUT was specified in flags, but the caller does not have the  CAP_MKNOD
              capability.

VERSIONS

       renameat()  was  added  to  Linux  in kernel 2.6.16; library support was added to glibc in
       version 2.4.

       renameat2() was added to Linux in kernel 3.15.

CONFORMING TO

       rename(): 4.3BSD, C89, C99, POSIX.1-2001, POSIX.1-2008.

       renameat(): POSIX.1-2008.

       renameat2() is Linux-specific.

NOTES

       Glibc does not  provide  a  wrapper  for  the  renameat2()  system  call;  call  it  using
       syscall(2).

   Glibc notes
       On older kernels where renameat() is unavailable, the glibc wrapper function falls back to
       the use of rename().  When oldpath and newpath are relative  pathnames,  glibc  constructs
       pathnames based on the symbolic links in /proc/self/fd that correspond to the olddirfd and
       newdirfd arguments.

BUGS

       On NFS filesystems, you can not assume that if the operation  failed,  the  file  was  not
       renamed.   If the server does the rename operation and then crashes, the retransmitted RPC
       which will be processed when the server is up again causes a failure.  The application  is
       expected to deal with this.  See link(2) for a similar problem.

SEE ALSO

       mv(1), chmod(2), link(2), symlink(2), unlink(2), path_resolution(7), symlink(7)

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