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OpenDarwin 7.2.1 - man page for setlogin (opendarwin section 2)

GETLOGIN(2)			     BSD System Calls Manual			      GETLOGIN(2)

NAME
     getlogin, setlogin -- get/set login name

SYNOPSIS
     #include <unistd.h>

     char *
     getlogin(void);

     int
     setlogin(const char *name);

DESCRIPTION
     The getlogin() routine returns the login name of the user associated with the current ses-
     sion, as previously set by setlogin().  The name is normally associated with a login shell
     at the time a session is created, and is inherited by all processes descended from the login
     shell.  (This is true even if some of those processes assume another user ID, for example
     when su(1) is used.)

     Setlogin() sets the login name of the user associated with the current session to name.
     This call is restricted to the super-user, and is normally used only when a new session is
     being created on behalf of the named user (for example, at login time, or when a remote
     shell is invoked).

RETURN VALUES
     If a call to getlogin() succeeds, it returns a pointer to a null-terminated string in a
     static buffer.  If the name has not been set, it returns NULL.  If a call to setlogin() suc-
     ceeds, a value of 0 is returned.  If setlogin() fails, a value of -1 is returned and an
     error code is placed in the global location errno.

ERRORS
     The following errors may be returned by these calls:

     [EFAULT]		The name parameter gave an invalid address.

     [EINVAL]		The name parameter pointed to a string that was too long.  Login names
			are limited to MAXLOGNAME (from <sys/param.h>) characters, currently 12.

     [EPERM]		The caller tried to set the login name and was not the super-user.

SEE ALSO
     setsid(2)

BUGS
     Login names are limited in length by setlogin().  However, lower limits are placed on login
     names elsewhere in the system (UT_NAMESIZE in <utmp.h>).

     In earlier versions of the system, getlogin() failed unless the process was associated with
     a login terminal.	The current implementation (using setlogin()) allows getlogin to succeed
     even when the process has no controlling terminal.  In earlier versions of the system, the
     value returned by getlogin() could not be trusted without checking the user ID.  Portable
     programs should probably still make this check.

HISTORY
     The getlogin() function first appeared in 4.4BSD.

4.2 Berkeley Distribution		   June 9, 1993 		4.2 Berkeley Distribution


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