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archive_write_disk(3)    BSD Library Functions Manual    archive_write_disk(3)


     archive_write_disk_new, archive_write_disk_set_options,
     archive_write_disk_set_skip_file, archive_write_disk_set_group_lookup,
     archive_write_disk_set_user_lookup -- functions for creating objects on


     Streaming Archive Library (libarchive, -larchive)


     #include <archive.h>

     struct archive *

     archive_write_disk_set_options(struct archive *, int flags);

     archive_write_disk_set_skip_file(struct archive *, dev_t, ino_t);

     archive_write_disk_set_group_lookup(struct archive *, void *,
         gid_t (*)(void *, const char *gname, gid_t gid),
         void (*cleanup)(void *));

     archive_write_disk_set_standard_lookup(struct archive *);

     archive_write_disk_set_user_lookup(struct archive *, void *,
         uid_t (*)(void *, const char *uname, uid_t uid),
         void (*cleanup)(void *));


     These functions provide a complete API for creating objects on disk from
     struct archive_entry descriptions.  They are most naturally used when
     extracting objects from an archive using the archive_read() interface.
     The general process is to read struct archive_entry objects from an ar-
     chive, then write those objects to a struct archive object created using
     the archive_write_disk() family functions.  This interface is deliber-
     ately very similar to the archive_write() interface used to write objects
     to a streaming archive.

             Allocates and initializes a struct archive object suitable for
             writing objects to disk.

             Records the device and inode numbers of a file that should not be
             overwritten.  This is typically used to ensure that an extraction
             process does not overwrite the archive from which objects are
             being read.  This capability is technically unnecessary but can
             be a significant performance optimization in practice.

             The options field consists of a bitwise OR of one or more of the
             following values:
                     Attempt to restore Access Control Lists.  By default,
                     extended ACLs are ignored.
                     Before removing a file system object prior to replacing
                     it, clear platform-specific file flags which might pre-
                     vent its removal.
                     Attempt to restore file attributes (file flags).  By
                     default, file attributes are ignored.  See chattr(1)
                     (Linux) or chflags(1) (FreeBSD, Mac OS X) for more infor-
                     mation on file attributes.
                     Mac OS X specific. Restore metadata using copyfile(3).
                     By default, copyfile(3) metadata is ignored.
                     Existing files on disk will not be overwritten.  By
                     default, existing regular files are truncated and over-
                     written; existing directories will have their permissions
                     updated; other pre-existing objects are unlinked and
                     recreated from scratch.
                     The user and group IDs should be set on the restored
                     file.  By default, the user and group IDs are not
                     Full permissions (including SGID, SUID, and sticky bits)
                     should be restored exactly as specified, without obeying
                     the current umask.  Note that SUID and SGID bits can only
                     be restored if the user and group ID of the object on
                     disk are correct.  If ARCHIVE_EXTRACT_OWNER is not speci-
                     fied, then SUID and SGID bits will only be restored if
                     the default user and group IDs of newly-created objects
                     on disk happen to match those specified in the archive
                     entry.  By default, only basic permissions are restored,
                     and umask is obeyed.
                     Refuse to extract an absolute path.  The default is to
                     not refuse such paths.
                     Refuse to extract a path that contains a .. element any-
                     where within it.  The default is to not refuse such
                     paths.  Note that paths ending in .. always cause an
                     error, regardless of this flag.
                     Refuse to extract any object whose final location would
                     be altered by a symlink on disk.  This is intended to
                     help guard against a variety of mischief caused by ar-
                     chives that (deliberately or otherwise) extract files
                     outside of the current directory.  The default is not to
                     perform this check.  If
                     Scan data for blocks of NUL bytes and try to recreate
                     them with holes.  This results in sparse files, indepen-
                     dent of whether the archive format supports or uses them.
                     ARCHIVE_EXTRACT_UNLINK is specified together with this
                     option, the library will remove any intermediate symlinks
                     it finds and return an error only if such symlink could
                     not be removed.
                     The timestamps (mtime, ctime, and atime) should be
                     restored.  By default, they are ignored.  Note that
                     restoring of atime is not currently supported.
                     Existing files on disk will be unlinked before any
                     attempt to create them.  In some cases, this can prove to
                     be a significant performance improvement.  By default,
                     existing files are truncated and rewritten, but the file
                     is not recreated.  In particular, the default behavior
                     does not break existing hard links.
                     Attempt to restore extended file attributes.  By default,
                     they are ignored.  See xattr(7) (Linux), xattr(2) (Mac OS
                     X), or getextattr(8) (FreeBSD) for more information on
                     extended file attributes.

             The struct archive_entry objects contain both names and ids that
             can be used to identify users and groups.  These names and ids
             describe the ownership of the file itself and also appear in ACL
             lists.  By default, the library uses the ids and ignores the
             names, but this can be overridden by registering user and group
             lookup functions.  To register, you must provide a lookup func-
             tion which accepts both a name and id and returns a suitable id.
             You may also provide a void * pointer to a private data structure
             and a cleanup function for that data.  The cleanup function will
             be invoked when the struct archive object is destroyed.

             This convenience function installs a standard set of user and
             group lookup functions.  These functions use getpwnam(3) and
             getgrnam(3) to convert names to ids, defaulting to the ids if the
             names cannot be looked up.  These functions also implement a sim-
             ple memory cache to reduce the number of calls to getpwnam(3) and
     More information about the struct archive object and the overall design
     of the library can be found in the libarchive(3) overview.  Many of these
     functions are also documented under archive_write(3).


     Most functions return ARCHIVE_OK (zero) on success, or one of several
     non-zero error codes for errors.  Specific error codes include:
     ARCHIVE_RETRY for operations that might succeed if retried, ARCHIVE_WARN
     for unusual conditions that do not prevent further operations, and
     ARCHIVE_FATAL for serious errors that make remaining operations impossi-

     archive_write_disk_new() returns a pointer to a newly-allocated struct
     archive object.

     archive_write_data() returns a count of the number of bytes actually
     written, or -1 on error.


     Detailed error codes and textual descriptions are available from the
     archive_errno() and archive_error_string() functions.


     archive_read(3), archive_write(3), tar(1), libarchive(3)


     The libarchive library first appeared in FreeBSD 5.3.  The
     archive_write_disk interface was added to libarchive 2.0 and first
     appeared in FreeBSD 6.3.


     The libarchive library was written by Tim Kientzle <>.


     Directories are actually extracted in two distinct phases.  Directories
     are created during archive_write_header(), but final permissions are not
     set until archive_write_close().  This separation is necessary to cor-
     rectly handle borderline cases such as a non-writable directory contain-
     ing files, but can cause unexpected results.  In particular, directory
     permissions are not fully restored until the archive is closed.  If you
     use chdir(2) to change the current directory between calls to
     archive_read_extract() or before calling archive_read_close(), you may
     confuse the permission-setting logic with the result that directory per-
     missions are restored incorrectly.

     The library attempts to create objects with filenames longer than
     PATH_MAX by creating prefixes of the full path and changing the current
     directory.  Currently, this logic is limited in scope; the fixup pass
     does not work correctly for such objects and the symlink security check
     option disables the support for very long pathnames.

     Restoring the path aa/../bb does create each intermediate directory.  In
     particular, the directory aa is created as well as the final object bb.
     In theory, this can be exploited to create an entire directory hierarchy
     with a single request.  Of course, this does not work if the
     ARCHIVE_EXTRACT_NODOTDOT option is specified.

     Implicit directories are always created obeying the current umask.
     Explicit objects are created obeying the current umask unless
     ARCHIVE_EXTRACT_PERM is specified, in which case they current umask is

     SGID and SUID bits are restored only if the correct user and group could
     be set.  If ARCHIVE_EXTRACT_OWNER is not specified, then no attempt is
     made to set the ownership.  In this case, SGID and SUID bits are restored
     only if the user and group of the final object happen to match those
     specified in the entry.

     The ``standard'' user-id and group-id lookup functions are not the
     defaults because getgrnam(3) and getpwnam(3) are sometimes too large for
     particular applications.  The current design allows the application
     author to use a more compact implementation when appropriate.

     There should be a corresponding archive_read_disk interface that walks a
     directory hierarchy and returns archive entry objects.

BSD                              April 3, 2017                             BSD

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