kpseaccess - Man Page

determine whether a file can be accessed


kpseaccess mode file


Exit successfully if file can be accessed with the specified mode. The mode is an optional dash (`-') followed by zero or more letters of rwx, where r is for readable, w is for writable, and x is for executable.

The difference between kpseaccess and test is that the latter looks at the permission bits, while the former checks using the access(2) system call.  This makes a difference when file systems have been mounted read-only.


kpseaccess accepts the following options:


Print help message and exit.


Print version information and exit.

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1 March 2011 Kpathsea 6.3.5