The getconf utility prints the value of a POSIX or X/Open path or system configuration variable to the standard output. If the specified variable is undefined, the string "undefined" is output.
The first form of the command, with two mandatory arguments, retrieves file- and file system-specific configuration variables using pathconf(2). The second form, with a single argument, retrieves system configuration variables using confstr(3) and sysconf(3), depending on the type of variable. As an extension, the second form can also be used to query static limits from
.In limits.h .
All sysconf(3) and pathconf(2) variables use the same name as the manifest constants defined in the relevant standard C-language bindings, including any leading underscore or prefix. That is to say, system_var might be ARG_MAX or _POSIX_VERSION, as opposed to the sysconf(3) names _SC_ARG_MAX or _SC_POSIX_VERSION. Variables retrieved from confstr(3) have the leading _CS_ stripped off; thus, _CS_PATH is queried by a system_var of "PATH".
The -v environment option specifies a -p1003.1-2001 programming environment under which the values are to be queried. This option currently does nothing, but may in the future be used to select between 32-bit and 64-bit execution environments on platforms which support both. Specifying an environment which is not supported on the current execution platform gives undefined results.
The standard programming environments are as follows: