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IEEE/The Open Group
2013

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PROLOG

This manual page is part of the POSIX Programmer’s Manual. The Linux implementation of this interface may differ (consult the corresponding Linux manual page for details of Linux behavior), or the interface may not be implemented on Linux.

NAME

unsetenv — remove an environment variable

SYNOPSIS

#include <stdlib.h>

int unsetenv(const char *name);

DESCRIPTION

The unsetenv() function shall remove an environment variable from the environment of the calling process. The name argument points to a string, which is the name of the variable to be removed. The named argument shall not contain an ’=’ character. If the named variable does not exist in the current environment, the environment shall be unchanged and the function is considered to have completed successfully.
The unsetenv() function shall update the list of pointers to which environ points.
The unsetenv() function need not be thread-safe.

RETURN VALUE

Upon successful completion, zero shall be returned. Otherwise, -1 shall be returned, errno set to indicate the error, and the environment shall be unchanged.

ERRORS

The unsetenv() function shall fail if:
EINVAL The name argument points to an empty string, or points to a string containing an ’=’ character.
The following sections are informative.

EXAMPLES

None.

APPLICATION USAGE

None.

RATIONALE

Refer to the RATIONALE section in setenv().

FUTURE DIRECTIONS

None.

SEE ALSO

getenv(), setenv()
The Base Definitions volume of POSIX.1-2008, <stdlib.h>, <sys_types.h>

COPYRIGHT

Portions of this text are reprinted and reproduced in electronic form from IEEE Std 1003.1, 2013 Edition, Standard for Information Technology -- Portable Operating System Interface (POSIX), The Open Group Base Specifications Issue 7, Copyright (C) 2013 by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc and The Open Group. (This is POSIX.1-2008 with the 2013 Technical Corrigendum 1 applied.) In the event of any discrepancy between this version and the original IEEE and The Open Group Standard, the original IEEE and The Open Group Standard is the referee document. The original Standard can be obtained online at http://www.unix.org/online.html .
Any typographical or formatting errors that appear in this page are most likely to have been introduced during the conversion of the source files to man page format. To report such errors, see https://www.kernel.org/doc/man-pages/reporting_bugs.html .
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