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MEMBERS(1) General Commands Manual MEMBERS(1)


members - outputs members of a group


members groupname


This manual page documents briefly the members commands. This manual page was written for the Debian GNU/Linux distribution.

members is a program that sends a space-separated list of secondary member names to its standard output.


The programs follow the usual GNU command line syntax, with long options starting with two dashes (`-'). A summary of options is included below.

Show all group members on one line. This is the default.
Show only primary group members.
Show only secondary group members.
Send two lines to standard output. First line is primary members, second line is secondary members. NOTE: This always displays two lines, even if there are no members at all.
Show summary of options.


Exit status is 0 (i.e. "success") if the group was found, and 1 (i.e., "failure") if the group was not found.

Technically, the exit status hinges on the output of getgrnam(3) as follows: if getgrnam(3) returns a null pointer, the exit status is 1, and 0 otherwise.


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This manual page was written by Jim Lynch <>, for the Debian GNU/Linux system (but may be used by others).