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NAMEchdir, fchdir - change working directory
DESCRIPTIONchdir() changes the current working directory to that specified in path.
RETURN VALUEOn success, zero is returned. On error, -1 is returned, and errno is set appropriately.
ERRORSDepending on the file system, other errors can be returned. The more general errors for chdir() are listed below:
- Search permission is denied for one of the directories in the path prefix of path. (See also path_resolution(7).)
- path points outside your accessible address space.
- An I/O error occurred.
- Too many symbolic links were encountered in resolving path.
- path is too long.
- The file does not exist.
- Insufficient kernel memory was available.
- A component of path is not a directory.
The general errors for fchdir() are listed below:
- Search permission was denied on the directory open on fd.
- fd is not a valid file descriptor.
CONFORMING TOSVr4, 4.4BSD, POSIX.1-2001.
NOTESA child process created via fork(2) inherits its parent's current working directory. The current working directory is left unchanged by execve(2).
SEE ALSOchroot(2), getcwd(3), path_resolution(7),