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HESIOD(3) Library Functions Manual HESIOD(3)


hesiod_getpwnam, hesiod_getpwuid, hesiod_free_passwd - Hesiod functions for retrieving passwd information


#include <hesiod.h>
struct passwd *hesiod_getpwnam(void *context, const char *name)
struct passwd *hesiod_getpwuid(void *context, uid_t uid)
void hesiod_free_passwd(void *context, struct passwd *pw)
cc file.c -lhesiod


This family of functions allows you to retrieve passwd database information using Hesiod. To perform lookups, you need an initialized Hesiod context; see hesiod(3) for details. You may look up passwd information by name or by uid; information is returned in the same format as by getpwnam or getpwuid. It is the caller's responsibility to call hesiod_free_passwd with the returned passwd entry to free the resources used by the passwd entry.

Hesiod queries for passwd information are made using the ``passwd'' or ``uid'' Hesiod type, using either the username or the decimal representation of the uid as the Hesiod name. The corresponding records should be a colon-separated list of fields giving the username, encrypted password, uid, gid, GECOS information, home directory, and shell of the user.


On failure, hesiod_getpwnam and hesiod_getpwuid return NULL and set the global variable errno to indicate the error.


These calls may fail for any of the reasons the routine hesiod_resolve may fail.



30 November 1996