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clearenv - clear the environment
#include <stdlib.h> int clearenv(void); Feature Test Macro Requirements for glibc (see feature_test_macros(7)): clearenv(): _SVID_SOURCE || _BSD_SOURCE
The clearenv() function clears the environment of all name-value pairs and sets the value of the external variable environ to NULL.
The clearenv() function returns zero on success, and a nonzero value on failure.
Not in libc4, libc5. In glibc since glibc 2.0.
Various UNIX variants (DG/UX, HP-UX, QNX, ...). POSIX.9 (bindings for FORTRAN77). POSIX.1-1996 did not accept clearenv() and putenv(3), but changed its mind and scheduled these functions for some later issue of this standard (cf. B.4.6.1). However, POSIX.1-2001 only adds putenv(3), and rejected clearenv().
Used in security-conscious applications. If it is unavailable the assignment environ = NULL; will probably do. The DG/UX and Tru64 man pages write: If environ has been modified by anything other than the putenv(3), getenv(3), or clearenv() functions, then clearenv() will return an error and the process environment will remain unchanged.
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