UMASK(2) BSD System Calls Manual UMASK(2)NAMEumask — set file creation mode mask
Standard C Library (libc, -lc)
The umask() routine sets the process's file mode creation mask to numask
and returns the previous value of the mask. The 9 low-order access per‐
mission bits of numask are used by system calls, including open(2),
mkdir(2), and mkfifo(2), to turn off corresponding bits requested in file
mode. (See chmod(2)). This clearing allows each user to restrict the
default access to his files.
The default mask value is S_IWGRP|S_IWOTH (022, write access for the
owner only). Child processes inherit the mask of the calling process.
The previous value of the file mode mask is returned by the call.
The umask() system call is always successful.
SEE ALSOchmod(2), mkfifo(2), mknod(2), open(2)STANDARDS
The umask() system call is expected to conform to ISO/IEC 9945-1:1990
The umask() function appeared in Version 7 AT&T UNIX.
BSD June 4, 1993 BSD