How to pass parameters to linux system call?


by lia , in category: General Help , 7 months ago

How to pass parameters to linux system call?

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2 answers

by thelma.stanton , 7 months ago


In Linux, system calls are typically made using the C programming language. To pass parameters to a system call, you need to follow these steps:

  1. Include the necessary header files: Include the appropriate header file(s) that define the system call you want to use. These header files can vary depending on the system call you are using.
  2. Declare variables: Declare variables to hold the values you want to pass to the system call. The variables should have the appropriate types based on the expected parameters of the system call.
  3. Populate the variables: Assign values to the variables based on the parameters you want to pass to the system call.
  4. Make the system call: Call the system call function and pass the variables as arguments. The order and number of arguments will depend on the specific system call being used.

Here's a basic example of passing parameters to the open() system call, which opens a file:

#include <sys/types.h>
#include <sys/stat.h>
#include <fcntl.h>

int main() {
    // Declare variables
    char filename[] = "example.txt";
    int flags = O_RDONLY;
    mode_t mode = S_IRUSR;

    // Make the system call
    int fileDescriptor = open(filename, flags, mode);

    // Check if open was successful
    if (fileDescriptor == -1) {
        // Handle error
    } else {
        // Use the file descriptor

    return 0;

In this example, the open() system call is made with three parameters: filename (name of the file to open), flags (specifying the open mode), and mode (specifying the file permissions).

by bobbie.kris , 2 months ago


To provide additional context, it's important to understand that system calls in a Linux environment are typically invoked by C programs via library functions. These library functions encapsulate the details of interacting with the kernel, abstracting away the complexities of system calls.

When passing parameters to a system call in Linux, make sure to adhere to the expected parameter types and order as specified in the corresponding function prototype. Here are a few key points to keep in mind when passing parameters to a system call:

  1. Parameter Types: Match the data types of the parameters passed to the system call with the expected types defined in the function prototype.
  2. Error Handling: Check the return value of the system call to handle errors appropriately.
  3. Permissions: Ensure that the user has the necessary permissions to perform the operation, e.g., read or write to specific files.
  4. Handle Memory Allocation: Ensure that memory is allocated properly, and pointers are dereferenced safely when passing parameters.

By following these guidelines and understanding the specifics of the system call you are using, you can successfully pass parameters to Linux system calls effectively.