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GSS(1) User Commands GSS(1)


gss - Generic Security Service command line interface


gss OPTIONS...


Command line interface to GSS, used to explain error codes.

Mandatory arguments to long options are mandatory for short options too.

Print help and exit.
Print version and exit.
List information about supported mechanisms in a human readable format.
Describe a `major status' error code value.
Accept a security context as server. If MECH is not specified, no credentials will be acquired. Use "*" to use library default mechanism.
Initialize a security context as client. MECH is the SASL name of mechanism, use -l to list supported mechanisms.
For -i and -a, set the name of the remote host. For example, "".
Silent operation (default=off).


Written by Simon Josefsson.


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Copyright © 2022 Simon Josefsson. License GPLv3+: GNU GPL version 3 or later <>.
This is free software: you are free to change and redistribute it. There is NO WARRANTY, to the extent permitted by law.


The full documentation for gss is maintained as a Texinfo manual. If the info and gss programs are properly installed at your site, the command

info gss

should give you access to the complete manual.

August 2022 GNU Generic Security Service