getauxval - retrieve a value from the auxiliary vector
unsigned long getauxval(unsigned long type);
The getauxval() function retrieves values from the auxiliary vector, a mechanism that the kernels ELF binary loader uses to pass certain information to user space when a program is executed.
Each entry in the auxiliary vector consists of a pair of values: a type that identifies what this entry represents, and a value for that type. Given the argument type, getauxval() returns the corresponding value.
The value returned for each type is given in the following list. Not all type values are present on all architectures.
AT_BASE The base address of the program interpreter (usually, the dynamic linker). AT_BASE_PLATFORM A string identifying the real platform; may differ from AT_PLATFORM (PowerPC only). AT_CLKTCK The frequency with which times(2) counts. This value can also be obtained via sysconf(_SC_CLK_TCK). AT_DCACHEBSIZE The data cache block size. AT_EGID The effective group ID of the thread. AT_ENTRY The entry address of the executable. AT_EUID The effective user ID of the thread. AT_EXECFD File descriptor of program. AT_EXECFN Pathname used to execute program. AT_FLAGS Flags (unused). AT_FPUCW Used FPU control word (SuperH architecture only). This gives some information about the FPU initialization performed by the kernel. AT_GID The real group ID of the thread. AT_HWCAP A pointer to a multibyte mask of bits whose settings indicate detailed processor capabilities. The contents of the bit mask are hardware dependent (for example, see the kernel source file arch/x86/include/asm/cpufeature.h for details relating to the Intel x86 architecture). A human-readable version of the same information is available via /proc/cpuinfo. AT_ICACHEBSIZE The instruction cache block size. AT_PAGESZ The system page size (the same value returned by sysconf(_SC_PAGESIZE). AT_PHDR The address of the program headers of the executable. AT_PHENT The size of program header entry. AT_PHNUM The number of program headers. AT_PLATFORM A pointer to a string that identifies the hardware platform that the program is running on. The dynamic linker uses this in the interpretation of rpath values. AT_RANDOM The address of sixteen bytes containing a random value. AT_SECURE Has a nonzero value if this executable should be treated securely. Most commonly, a nonzero value indicates that the process is executing a set-user-ID or set-group-ID program; alternatively, a nonzero value may be triggered by a Linux Security Module. When this value is nonzero, the dynamic linker disables the use of certain environment variables (see ld-linux.so(8)) and glibc changes other aspects of its behavior. (See also secure_getenv(3).) AT_SYSINFO The entry point to the system call function in the VDSO. Not present/needed on all architectures (e.g., absent on x86-64). AT_SYSINFO_EHDR The address of a page containing the Virtual Dynamic Shared Object (VDSO) that the kernel creates in order to provide fast implementations of certain system calls. AT_UCACHEBSIZE The unified cache block size. AT_UID The real user ID of the thread.
On success, getauxval() returns the value corresponding to type. If type is not found, 0 is returned.
No errors are diagnosed.
The getauxval() function was added to glibc in version 2.16.
This function is a nonstandard glibc extension.
The primary consumer of the information in the auxiliary vector is the dynamic linker ld-linux.so(8). The auxiliary vector is a convenient and efficient shortcut that allows the kernel to communicate a certain set of standard information that the dynamic linker usually or always needs. In some cases, the same information could be obtained by system calls, but using the auxiliary vector is cheaper.
The auxiliary vector resides just above the argument list and environment in the process address space. The auxiliary vector supplied to a program can be viewed by setting the LD_SHOW_AUXV environment variable when running a program:
$ LD_SHOW_AUXV=1 sleep 1
The auxiliary vector of any process can (subject to file permissions) be obtained via /proc/PID/auxv; see proc(5) for more information.
The kernel source file Documentation/ABI/stable/vdso
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