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UNDELETE(2)                 BSD System Calls Manual                UNDELETE(2)

NAME
     undelete -- attempt to recover a deleted file

LIBRARY
     Standard C Library (libc, -lc)

SYNOPSIS
     #include <unistd.h>

     int
     undelete(const char *path);

DESCRIPTION
     The undelete() system call attempts to recover the deleted file named by path.  Currently, this works
     only when the named object is a whiteout in a union file system.  The system call removes the whiteout
     causing any objects in a lower layer of the union stack to become visible once more.

     Eventually, the undelete() functionality may be expanded to other file systems able to recover deleted
     files such as the log-structured file system.

RETURN VALUES
     The undelete() function returns the value 0 if successful; otherwise the value -1 is returned and the
     global variable errno is set to indicate the error.

ERRORS
     The undelete() succeeds unless:

     [ENOTDIR]          A component of the path prefix is not a directory.

     [ENAMETOOLONG]     A component of a pathname exceeded 255 characters, or an entire path name exceeded
                        1023 characters.

     [EEXIST]           The path does not reference a whiteout.

     [ENOENT]           The named whiteout does not exist.

     [EACCES]           Search permission is denied for a component of the path prefix.

     [EACCES]           Write permission is denied on the directory containing the name to be undeleted.

     [ELOOP]            Too many symbolic links were encountered in translating the pathname.

     [EPERM]            The directory containing the name is marked sticky, and the containing directory is
                        not owned by the effective user ID.

     [EINVAL]           The last component of the path is `..'.

     [EIO]              An I/O error occurred while updating the directory entry.

     [EROFS]            The name resides on a read-only file system.

     [EFAULT]           The path argument points outside the process's allocated address space.

SEE ALSO
     unlink(2)

HISTORY
     The undelete() system call first appeared in 4.4BSD-Lite.

BSD                            January 22, 2006                            BSD

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