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RedHat 9 (Linux i386) - man page for getpwnam (redhat section 3)

GETPWNAM(3)				      Linux Programmer's Manual 				  GETPWNAM(3)

NAME
getpwnam, getpwuid - get password file entry
SYNOPSIS
#include <pwd.h> #include <sys/types.h> struct passwd *getpwnam(const char *name); struct passwd *getpwuid(uid_t uid);
DESCRIPTION
The getpwnam() function returns a pointer to a structure containing the broken out fields of a line from /etc/passwd for the entry that matches the user name name. The getpwuid() function returns a pointer to a structure containing the broken out fields of a line from /etc/passwd for the entry that matches the user uid uid. The passwd structure is defined in <pwd.h> as follows: struct passwd { char *pw_name; /* user name */ char *pw_passwd; /* user password */ uid_t pw_uid; /* user id */ gid_t pw_gid; /* group id */ char *pw_gecos; /* real name */ char *pw_dir; /* home directory */ char *pw_shell; /* shell program */ };
RETURN VALUE
The getpwnam() and getpwuid() functions return a pointer to the passwd structure, or NULL if the matching entry is not found or an error occurs.
ERRORS
ENOMEM Insufficient memory to allocate passwd structure.
FILES
/etc/passwd password database file
CONFORMING TO
SVID 3, POSIX, BSD 4.3
SEE ALSO
fgetpwent(3), getgrnam(3), getpwent(3), setpwent(3), endpwent(3), getpw(3), putpwent(3), passwd(5)
GNU
1996-05-27 GETPWNAM(3)


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