ACL_EXTENDED_FILE(3)      BSD Library Functions Manual      ACL_EXTENDED_FILE(3)

     acl_extended_file, acl_extended_file_nofollow — test for information in
     ACLs by file name

     Linux Access Control Lists library (libacl, -lacl).

     #include <sys/types.h>
     #include <acl/libacl.h>

     acl_extended_file(const char *path_p);

     acl_extended_file_nofollow(const char *path_p);

     The acl_extended_file() function returns 1 if the file or directory
     referred to by the argument path_p is associated with an extended access
     ACL, or if the directory referred to by path_p is associated with a default
     ACL. The function returns 0 if the file has neither an extended access ACL
     nor a default ACL.

     An extended ACL is an ACL that contains entries other than the three
     required entries of tag types ACL_USER_OBJ, ACL_GROUP_OBJ and ACL_OTHER.
     If the result of the acl_extended_file() function for a file object is 0,
     then ACLs define no discretionary access rights other than those already
     defined by the traditional file permission bits.

     Access to the file object may be further restricted by other mechanisms,
     such as Mandatory Access Control schemes. The access(2) system call can be
     used to check whether a given type of access to a file object would be

     acl_extended_file_nofollow() is identical to acl_extended_file(), except in
     the case of a symbolic link, where the link itself is interrogated, not the
     file that it refers to.  Since symbolic links have no ACL themselves, the
     operation is supposed to fail on them.

     If successful, the acl_extended_file() function returns 1 if the file
     object referred to by path_p has an extended access ACL or a default ACL,
     and 0 if the file object referred to by path_p has neither an extended
     access ACL nor a default ACL. Otherwise, the value -1 is returned and the
     global variable errno is set to indicate the error.

     If any of the following conditions occur, the acl_extended_file() function
     returns -1 and sets errno to the corresponding value:

     [EACCES]           Search permission is denied for a component of the path

     [ENAMETOOLONG]     The length of the argument path_p is too long.

     [ENOENT]           The named object does not exist or the argument path_p
                        points to an empty string.

     [ENOTDIR]          A component of the path prefix is not a directory.

     [ENOTSUP]          The file system on which the file identified by path_p
                        is located does not support ACLs, or ACLs are disabled.

     This is a non-portable, Linux specific extension to the ACL manipulation
     functions defined in IEEE Std 1003.1e draft 17 (“POSIX.1e”, abandoned).

     access(2), acl_get_file(3), acl(5)

     Written by Andreas Gruenbacher <>.

Linux ACL                        March 23, 2002                        Linux ACL