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EXTATTR(9)                 Kernel Developer's Manual                EXTATTR(9)

NAME
     extattr -- file system extended attributes

SYNOPSIS
     #include <sys/param.h>
     #include <sys/vnode.h>
     #include <sys/extattr.h>

DESCRIPTION
     Extended attributes allow additional meta-data to be associated with
     vnodes representing files and directories.  The semantics of this
     additional data is that of a ``name=value'' pair, where a name may be
     defined or undefined, and if defined, associated with zero or more bytes
     of arbitrary binary data.  Extended attribute names exist within a set of
     namespaces; each operation on an extended attribute is required to
     provide the namespace to which the operation refers.  If the same name is
     present in multiple namespaces, the extended attributes associated with
     the names are stored and manipulated independently.  The following two
     namespaces are defined universally, although individual file systems may
     implement additional namespaces, or not implement these namespaces:
     EXTATTR_NAMESPACE_USER, EXTATTR_NAMESPACE_SYSTEM.  The semantics of these
     attributes are intended to be as follows: user attribute data is
     protected according the normal discretionary and mandatory protections
     associated with the data in the file or directory; system attribute data
     is protected such that appropriate privilege is required to directly
     access or manipulate these attributes.

     Reads of extended attribute data may return specific contiguous regions
     of the meta-data, in the style of VOP_READ(9), but writes will replace
     the entire current ``value'' associated with a given name.  As there are
     a plethora of file systems with differing extended attributes,
     availability and functionality of these functions may be limited, and
     they should be used with awareness of the underlying semantics of the
     supporting file system.  Authorization schemes for extended attribute
     data may also vary by file system, as well as maximum attribute size, and
     whether or not any or specific new attributes may be defined.

     Extended attributes are named using a nul-terminated character string.
     Depending on underlying file system semantics, this name may or may not
     be case-sensitive.  Appropriate vnode extended attribute calls are:
     VOP_GETEXTATTR(9), VOP_LISTEXTATTR(9), and VOP_SETEXTATTR(9).

SEE ALSO
     vfsops(9), vnodeops(9)

NetBSD 7.1.2                    January 2, 2005                   NetBSD 7.1.2