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pivot_root - change the root file system of the current process


The pivot_root() system call makes the directory put_old the new root file system. It moves the current root file system to the directory new_root. This comparison is done by making the parent of the old PWD as the new PWD.

pivot_root() is typically used in the final stages of a shift of a system into a chroot environment. The old root directory is placed in put_old and can be used later to switch back or unmount the old root directory (pivot/unpivot).

The both directories must be on the same file system. This can also be used to change to a different root file system if necessary.


  • new_root:const char*[K] - a pointer to a pathname of the new directory which will become the root directory (the starting point for absolute paths).
  • put_old:const char*[K] - a pointer to a pathname of the directory which will be the new parent of the old root directory.

Available Tags

  • K - Originated from kernel-space.






To audit attempts to pivot_root.

Example Use Case

When a process wants to enter a chroot jail for more security, it can use pivot_root() to change its root file system to the one inside the jail.


pivot_root() cannot be used across file systems.

chdir, chroot

This document was automatically generated by OpenAI and needs review. It might not be accurate and might contain errors. The authors of Tracee recommend that the user reads the "events.go" source file to understand the events and their arguments better.