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GETENT(1)						    BSD General Commands Manual 						 GETENT(1)

NAME
getent -- get entries from administrative database
SYNOPSIS
getent database [key ...]
DESCRIPTION
The getent utility retrieves and displays entries from the administrative database specified by database, using the lookup order specified in nsswitch.conf(5). The display format for a given database is as per the ``traditional'' file format for that database. The database argument may be one of: Database Display format ethers address name group group:passwd:gid:[member[,member]...] hosts address name [alias ...] networks name network [alias ...] passwd user:passwd:uid:gid:gecos:home_dir:shell protocols name protocol [alias ...] rpc name number [alias ...] services name port/protocol [alias ...] shells /path/to/shell utmpx [time] type: properties If one or more key arguments are provided, they will be looked up in database using the appropriate function. For example, ``passwd'' sup- ports a numeric UID or user name; ``hosts'' supports an IPv4 address, IPv6 address, or host name; and ``services'' supports a service name, service name/protocol name, numeric port, or numeric port/protocol name. If no key is provided and database supports enumeration, all entries for database will be retrieved using the appropriate enumeration func- tion and printed.
EXIT STATUS
The getent utility exits 0 on success, 1 if there was an error in the command syntax, 2 if one of the specified key names was not found in database, or 3 if there is no support for enumeration on database.
SEE ALSO
getutxent(3), ethers(5), group(5), hosts(5), networks(5), nsswitch.conf(5), passwd(5), protocols(5), rpc(5), services(5), shells(5)
HISTORY
A getent command appeared in NetBSD 3.0, and was imported into FreeBSD 7.0. It was based on the command of the same name in Solaris and Linux.
BSD
August 24, 2005 BSD