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NAME

       execl, execlp, execle, execv, execvp, execvpe - execute a file

SYNOPSIS

       #include <unistd.h>

       extern char **environ;

       int execl(const char *path, const char *arg, ...);
       int execlp(const char *file, const char *arg, ...);
       int execle(const char *path, const char *arg,
                  ..., char * const envp[]);
       int execv(const char *path, char *const argv[]);
       int execvp(const char *file, char *const argv[]);
       int execvpe(const char *file, char *const argv[],
                  char *const envp[]);

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

       execvpe(): _GNU_SOURCE

DESCRIPTION

       The  exec() family of functions replaces the current process image with
       a new process image.  The functions described in this manual  page  are
       front-ends  for  execve(2).   (See  the  manual  page for execve(2) for
       further details about the replacement of the current process image.)

       The initial argument for these functions is the name of a file that  is
       to be executed.

       The  const  char *arg and subsequent ellipses in the execl(), execlp(),
       and execle() functions can be thought of  as  arg0,  arg1,  ...,  argn.
       Together  they  describe  a  list  of  one  or  more  pointers to null-
       terminated strings that represent the argument list  available  to  the
       executed  program.   The first argument, by convention, should point to
       the filename associated with the file  being  executed.   The  list  of
       arguments  must  be  terminated by a NULL pointer, and, since these are
       variadic functions, this pointer must be cast (char *) NULL.

       The execv(), execvp(), and execvpe()  functions  provide  an  array  of
       pointers  to  null-terminated  strings that represent the argument list
       available to the new  program.   The  first  argument,  by  convention,
       should  point  to the filename associated with the file being executed.
       The array of pointers must be terminated by a NULL pointer.

       The execle() and execvpe() functions allow the caller  to  specify  the
       environment  of  the  executed program via the argument envp.  The envp
       argument is an array of pointers to null-terminated strings and must be
       terminated by a NULL pointer.  The other functions take the environment
       for the new process image from the external  variable  environ  in  the
       calling process.

   Special semantics for execlp() and execvp()
       The  execlp(),  execvp(), and execvpe() functions duplicate the actions
       of the shell in searching for  an  executable  file  if  the  specified
       filename does not contain a slash (/) character.  The file is sought in
       the colon-separated list of directory pathnames specified in  the  PATH
       environment  variable.   If  this variable isn't defined, the path list
       defaults to the current directory followed by the list  of  directories
       returned by confstr(_CS_PATH).  (This confstr(3) call typically returns
       the value "/bin:/usr/bin".)

       If the specified filename includes a  slash  character,  then  PATH  is
       ignored, and the file at the specified pathname is executed.

       In addition, certain errors are treated specially.

       If permission is denied for a file (the attempted execve(2) failed with
       the error EACCES), these functions will continue searching the rest  of
       the  search path.  If no other file is found, however, they will return
       with errno set to EACCES.

       If the header of a  file  isn't  recognized  (the  attempted  execve(2)
       failed  with the error ENOEXEC), these functions will execute the shell
       (/bin/sh) with the path of the file as its first  argument.   (If  this
       attempt fails, no further searching is done.)

RETURN VALUE

       The  exec()  functions  only return if an error has have occurred.  The
       return value is -1, and errno is set to indicate the error.

ERRORS

       All of these functions may fail and set errno for  any  of  the  errors
       specified for execve(2).

VERSIONS

       The execvpe() function first appeared in glibc 2.11.

CONFORMING TO

       POSIX.1-2001, POSIX.1-2008.

       The execvpe() function is a GNU extension.

NOTES

       On some other systems, the default path (used when the environment does
       not contain the variable PATH) has the current working directory listed
       after  /bin  and /usr/bin, as an anti-Trojan-horse measure.  Linux uses
       here the traditional "current directory first" default path.

       The  behavior  of  execlp()  and  execvp()  when  errors  occur   while
       attempting  to  execute  the  file  is  historic  practice, but has not
       traditionally been  documented  and  is  not  specified  by  the  POSIX
       standard.   BSD  (and possibly other systems) do an automatic sleep and
       retry if ETXTBSY is encountered.  Linux treats it as a hard  error  and
       returns immediately.

       Traditionally,  the  functions execlp() and execvp() ignored all errors
       except for the ones described above and ENOMEM and  E2BIG,  upon  which
       they  returned.   They  now  return  if  any  error other than the ones
       described above occurs.

SEE ALSO

       sh(1), execve(2), fork(2), ptrace(2), fexecve(3), environ(7)

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