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BSD 2.11 - man page for getpwnam (bsd section 3)

GETPWENT(3)				       Library Functions Manual 				  GETPWENT(3)

NAME
getpwent, getpwnam, getpwuid, setpassent, setpwfile, setpwent, endpwent - get password file entries
SYNOPSIS
#include <sys/types.h> #include <pwd.h> struct passwd *getpwent() struct passwd *getpwnam(login) char *login; struct passwd *getpwuid(uid) uid_t uid; int setpassent(stayopen) int stayopen; void setpwfile(file) char *file; int setpwent() void endpwent()
DESCRIPTION
Getpwent, getpwuid, and getpwnam each return a pointer to a structure containing the broken-out fields of a line in the password file. This structure is defined by the include file <pwd.h>, and contains the following fields: struct passwd { char *pw_name; /* user name */ char *pw_passwd; /* encrypted password */ uid_t pw_uid; /* user uid */ gid_t pw_gid; /* user gid */ time_t pw_change; /* password change time */ char *pw_class; /* user access class */ char *pw_gecos; /* Honeywell login info */ char *pw_dir; /* home directory */ char *pw_shell; /* default shell */ time_t pw_expire; /* account expiration */ }; These fields are more completely described in passwd(5). Getpwnam and getpwuid search the password database for a matching user name or user uid, respectively, return- ing the first one encountered. Identical user names or user uids may result in undefined behavior. Getpwent sequentially reads the password database and is intended for programs that wish to step through the complete list of users. All three routines will open the password file for reading, if necessary. Setpwfile changes the default password file to file, thus allowing the use of alternate password files. Setpassent opens the file or rewinds it if it is already open. If stayopen is non-zero, file descriptors are left open, significantly speeding up subsequent calls. This functionality is unnecessary for getpwent as it doesn't close its file descriptors by default. It should also be noted that it is dangerous for long-running programs to use this functionality as the password file may be updated by chpass(1), passwd(1), or vipw(8). Setpwent is identical to setpassent with an argument of zero. Endpwent closes any open files. These routines have been written to ``shadow'' the password file, e.g. allow only certain programs to have access to the encrypted password. This is done by using the mkpasswd(8) program, which creates ndbm(3) data- bases that correspond to the password file, with the single exception that, rather than storing the encrypted password in the database, it stores the offset in the password file where the encrypted password may be found. Getpwent, getpwnam, and getpwuid will use the ndbm files in preference to the ``real'' password files, only reading the password file itself, to obtain the encrypted password, if the process is running with an effec- tive user id equivalent to super-user. If the password file itself is protected, and the ndbm files are not, this makes the password available only to programs running with super-user privileges.
FILES
/etc/passwd
SEE ALSO
getlogin(3), getgrent(3), ndbm(3), passwd(5)
DIAGNOSTICS
The routines getpwent, getpwnam, and getpwuid, return a null pointer on EOF or error. Setpassent and setpwent return 0 on failure and 1 on success. Endpwent and setpwfile have no return value.
BUGS
All information is contained in a static buffer which is overwritten by each new call. It must be copied elsewhere to be retained. Intermixing calls to getpwent with calls to getpwnam or getpwuid, or intermixing calls to getpwnam and getp- wuid, after using setpassent to require that file descriptors be left open, may result in undefined behavior. The routines getpwent, endpwent, setpassent, and setpwent are fairly useless in a networked environment and should be avoided, if possible. 7th Edition February 23, 1989 GETPWENT(3)


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