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PUTENV(3)		   Linux Programmer's Manual		     PUTENV(3)

NAME

putenv - change or add an environment variable

SYNOPSIS

#include <stdlib.h> int putenv(char *string);

DESCRIPTION

The putenv() function adds or changes the value of environment vari- ables. The argument string is of the form name=value. If name does not already exist in the environment, then string is added to the envi- ronment. If name does exist, then the value of name in the environment is changed to value. The string pointed to by string becomes part of the environment, so altering the string changes the environment.

RETURN VALUE

The putenv() function returns zero on success, or non-zero if an error occurs.

ERRORS

ENOMEM Insufficient space to allocate new environment.

NOTES

The putenv() function is not required to be reentrant, and the one in libc4, libc5 and glibc2.0 is not, but the glibc2.1 version is. Description for libc4, libc5, glibc: If the argument string is of the form name, and does not contain an '=' character, then the variable name is removed from the environment. If putenv() has to allocate a new array environ, and the previous array was also allocated by putenv(), then it will be freed. In no case will the old storage asso- ciated to the environment variable itself be freed. The libc4 and libc5 and glibc 2.1.2 versions conform to SUSv2: the pointer string given to putenv() is used. In particular, this string becomes part of the environment; changing it later will change the environment. (Thus, it is an error is to call putenv() with an auto- matic variable as the argument, then return from the calling function while string is still part of the environment.) However, glibc 2.0-2.1.1 differs: a copy of the string is used. On the one hand this causes a memory leak, and on the other hand it violates SUSv2. This has been fixed in glibc2.1.2. The 4.4BSD version, like glibc 2.0, uses a copy. SUSv2 removes the 'const' from the prototype, and so does glibc 2.1.3.

CONFORMING TO

SVr4, POSIX.1-2001, 4.3BSD

SEE ALSO

clearenv(3), getenv(3), setenv(3), unsetenv(3), environ(7) GNU 1993-04-08 PUTENV(3)

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