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ULIMIT(3)	      DragonFly Library Functions Manual	     ULIMIT(3)

NAME

ulimit -- get and set process limits

LIBRARY

Standard C Library (libc, -lc)

SYNOPSIS

#include <ulimit.h> long ulimit(int cmd, ...);

DESCRIPTION

The ulimit() function will get and set process limits. Currently this is limited to the maximum file size. The cmd argument is one of the follow- ing: UL_GETFSIZE will return the maximum file size in units of 512 blocks of the current process. UL_SETFSIZE will attempt to set the maximum file size of the current process and its children with the second argument expressed as a long.

RETURN VALUES

Upon successful completion, ulimit() returns the value requested; other- wise the value -1 is returned and the global variable errno is set to indicate the error.

ERRORS

The ulimit() function will fail if: [EINVAL] The command specified was invalid. [EPERM] The limit specified to ulimit() would have raised the maximum limit value, and the caller is not the super- user.

SEE ALSO

getrlimit(2)

STANDARDS

The ulimit() function conforms to IEEE Std 1003.1-2001 (``POSIX.1'').

HISTORY

The ulimit() function first appeared in FreeBSD 5.0.

BUGS

The ulimit() function provides limited precision for setting and retriev- ing process limits. If there is a need for greater precision than the type long provides, the getrlimit(2) and setrlimit(2) functions should be considered. DragonFly 4.1 June 6, 2004 DragonFly 4.1