program_invocation_name, program_invocation_short_name - obtain name used to
invoke calling program
#define _GNU_SOURCE /* See feature_test_macros(7) */
extern char *program_invocation_name;
extern char *program_invocation_short_name;
program_invocation_name contains the name that was used to invoke the
calling program. This is the same as the value of argv in
main(), with the difference that the scope of
program_invocation_name is global.
program_invocation_short_name contains the basename
component of name that was used to invoke the calling program. That is, it
is the same value as program_invocation_name, with all text up to and
including the final slash (/), if any, removed.
These variables are automatically initialized by the glibc
run-time startup code.
These variables are GNU extensions, and should not be used in programs intended
to be portable.
The Linux-specific /proc/[number]/cmdline file provides access to similar
This page is part of release 5.11 of the Linux man-pages project. A
description of the project, information about reporting bugs, and the latest
version of this page, can be found at https://www.kernel.org/doc/man-pages/.