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NAME

       removexattr, lremovexattr, fremovexattr - remove an extended attribute

SYNOPSIS

       #include <sys/types.h>
       #include <sys/xattr.h>

       int removexattr(const char *path, const char *name);
       int lremovexattr(const char *path, const char *name);
       int fremovexattr(int fd, const char *name);

DESCRIPTION

       Extended  attributes  are  name:value  pairs  associated  with inodes (files, directories,
       symbolic links, etc.).  They are extensions to the normal attributes which are  associated
       with  all  inodes in the system (i.e., the stat(2) data).  A complete overview of extended
       attributes concepts can be found in xattr(7).

       removexattr() removes the extended attribute identified by name and  associated  with  the
       given path in the filesystem.

       lremovexattr() is identical to removexattr(), except in the case of a symbolic link, where
       the extended attribute is removed from the link itself, not the file that it refers to.

       fremovexattr() is identical to removexattr(), only the extended attribute is removed  from
       the open file referred to by fd (as returned by open(2)) in place of path.

       An  extended  attribute  name  is a null-terminated string.  The name includes a namespace
       prefix; there may be several, disjoint namespaces associated with an individual inode.

RETURN VALUE

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

ERRORS

       ENODATA
              The named attribute does not exist.

       ENOTSUP
              Extended attributes are not supported by the filesystem, or are disabled.

       In addition, the errors documented in stat(2) can also occur.

VERSIONS

       These system calls have been available  on  Linux  since  kernel  2.4;  glibc  support  is
       provided since version 2.3.

CONFORMING TO

       These system calls are Linux-specific.

SEE ALSO

       getfattr(1),   setfattr(1),  getxattr(2),  listxattr(2),  open(2),  setxattr(2),  stat(2),
       symlink(7), xattr(7)

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