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18. Directories and Links > Operating Relative to a Directory File Descriptor

Operating Relative to a Directory File Descriptor

Starting with kernel 2.6.16, Linux provides a range of new system calls that perform similar tasks to various traditional system calls, but provide additional functionality that is useful to some applications. These system calls are summarized in Table 18-2. We describe these system calls in this chapter because they provide variations on the traditional semantics of the process’s current working directory.

Table 18-2. System calls that use a directory file descriptor to interpret relative pathnames

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