CAPGETSection: Linux Programmer's Manual (2)
Return to Main Contents
NAMEcapget, capset - set/get process capabilities
int capget(cap_user_header_t header, cap_user_data_t data);
DESCRIPTIONAs of Linux 2.2, the power of the superuser (root) has been partitioned into a set of discrete capabilities. Every process has a set of effective capabilities identifying which capabilities (if any) it may currently exercise. Every process also has a set of inheritable capabilities that may be passed through an execve(2) and a set of permitted capabilites that it can make effective or inheritable.
These two functions are the raw kernel interface for getting and setting capabilities. Not only are these system calls specific to Linux, but the kernel API is likely to change and use of these functions (in particular the format of the cap_user_*_t types) is subject to change with each kernel revision.
The portable interfaces are cap_set_proc(3) and cap_get_proc(3); if possible you should use those interfaces in applications. If you wish to use the Linux extensions in applications, you should use the easier-to-use interfaces capsetp(3) and capgetp(3).
RETURN VALUEOn success, zero is returned. On error, -1 is returned, and errno is set appropriately.
FURTHER INFORMATIONThe portable interface to the capability querying and setting functions is provided by the libcap library and is available from here:
This document was created by man2html, using the manual pages.
Time: 15:58:49 GMT, February 24, 2018