getent


SYNOPSIS
       getent database [key ...]

DESCRIPTION
       The  getent  command  displays  entries from databases supported by the
       Name Service  Switch  libraries,  which  are  configured  in  /etc/nss-
       witch.conf.   If  one or more key arguments are provided, then only the
       entries that match the supplied keys will be displayed.  Otherwise,  if
       no  key is provided, all entries will be displayed (unless the database
       does not support enumeration).

       The database may be any of those supported by the GNU C Library, listed
       below:

          ahosts    When no key is provided, use sethostent(3), gethostent(3),
                    and endhostent(3) to enumerate the hosts  database.   This
                    is  identical  to using hosts.  When one or more key argu-
                    ments are provided, pass each key in succession to  getad-
                    drinfo(3)  with  the address family AF_UNSPEC, enumerating
                    each socket address structure returned.

          ahostsv4  Same as ahosts, but use the address family AF_INET.

          ahostsv6  Same as ahosts, but use the address family AF_INET6.   The
                    call   to   getaddrinfo(3)   in  this  case  includes  the
                    AI_V4MAPPED flag.

          aliases   When  no  key  is  provided,  use  setaliasent(3),  getal-
                    iasent(3),  and  endaliasent(3)  to  enumerate the aliases
                    database.  When one or more key  arguments  are  provided,
                    pass  each key in succession to getaliasbyname(3) and dis-
                    play the result.

          ethers    When one or more key arguments are provided, pass each key
                    in  succession to ether_aton(3) and ether_hostton(3) until
                    a result is obtained, and display the result.  Enumeration
                    is not supported on ethers, so a key must be provided.

          group     When no key is provided, use setgrent(3), getgrent(3), and
                    endgrent(3) to enumerate the group database.  When one  or
                    more  key arguments are provided, pass each numeric key to
                    getgrgid(3) and each nonnumeric  key  to  getgrnam(3)  and
                    display the result.

          gshadow   When no key is provided, use setsgent(3), getsgent(3), and
                    endsgent(3) to enumerate the gshadow database.   When  one
                    or  more key arguments are provided, pass each key in suc-
                    cession to getsgnam(3) and display the result.

          hosts     When no key is provided, use sethostent(3), gethostent(3),
                    and  endhostent(3)  to enumerate the hosts database.  When
                    one or more key arguments are provided, pass each  key  to
                    gethostbyaddr(3)   or   gethostbyname2(3),   depending  on
                    three  keys  may be provided, which are interpreted as the
                    hostname, username and domainname to match to  a  netgroup
                    name via innetgr(3).  Enumeration is not supported on net-
                    group, so either one or three keys must be provided.

          networks  When no key is provided, use  setnetent(3),  getnetent(3),
                    and endnetent(3) to enumerate the networks database.  When
                    one or more key arguments are provided, pass each  numeric
                    key  to getnetbyaddr(3) and each nonnumeric key to getnet-
                    byname(3) and display the result.

          passwd    When no key is provided, use setpwent(3), getpwent(3), and
                    endpwent(3) to enumerate the passwd database.  When one or
                    more key arguments are provided, pass each numeric key  to
                    getpwuid(3)  and  each  nonnumeric  key to getpwnam(3) and
                    display the result.

          protocols When no  key  is  provided,  use  setprotoent(3),  getpro-
                    toent(3),  and  endprotoent(3)  to enumerate the protocols
                    database.  When one or more key  arguments  are  provided,
                    pass each numeric key to getprotobynumber(3) and each non-
                    numeric key to getprotobyname(3) and display the result.

          rpc       When no key is provided, use  setrpcent(3),  getrpcent(3),
                    and  endrpcent(3) to enumerate the rpc database.  When one
                    or more key arguments are provided, pass each numeric  key
                    to  getrpcbynumber(3) and each nonnumeric key to getrpcby-
                    name(3) and display the result.

          services  When no key is provided, use setservent(3), getservent(3),
                    and  endservent(3)  to  enumerate  the  services database.
                    When one or more key arguments  are  provided,  pass  each
                    numeric  key to getservbynumber(3) and each nonnumeric key
                    to getservbyname(3) and display the result.

          shadow    When no key is provided, use setspent(3), getspent(3), and
                    endspent(3) to enumerate the shadow database.  When one or
                    more key arguments are provided, pass each key in  succes-
                    sion to getspnam(3) and display the result.

EXIT STATUS
       One of the following exit values can be returned by getent:

          0         Command completed successfully.

          1         Missing arguments, or database unknown.

          2         One  or  more supplied key could not be found in the data-
                    base.

          3         Enumeration not supported on this database.

SEE ALSO
       nsswitch.conf(5)
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