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Manual Reference Pages  -  GETENT (1)

NAME

getent - get entries from administrative database

CONTENTS

Synopsis
Description
Exit Status
See Also
History

SYNOPSIS

getent database [key ...]

DESCRIPTION

The getent utility retrieves and displays entries from the administrative database specified by database, using the lookup order specified in nsswitch.conf(5). The display format for a given database is as per the "traditional" file format for that database.

The database argument may be one of:

Database      Display format
ethers      address name
group      group:passwd:gid:[member[,member]...]
hosts      address name [alias ...]
networks      name network [alias ...]
passwd      user:passwd:uid:gid:gecos:home_dir:shell
protocols      name protocol [alias ...]
rpc      name number [alias ...]
services      name port/protocol [alias ...]
shells      /path/to/shell
utmpx      [time] type: properties
 

If one or more key arguments are provided, they will be looked up in database using the appropriate function. For example, "passwd" supports a numeric UID or user name; "hosts" supports an IPv4 address, IPv6 address, or host name; and "services" supports a service name, service name/protocol name, numeric port, or numeric port/protocol name.

If no key is provided and database supports enumeration, all entries for database will be retrieved using the appropriate enumeration function and printed.

EXIT STATUS

The getent utility exits 0 on success, 1 if there was an error in the command syntax, 2 if one of the specified key names was not found in database, or 3 if there is no support for enumeration on database.

SEE ALSO

getutxent(3), ethers(5), group(5), hosts(5), networks(5), nsswitch.conf(5), passwd(5), protocols(5), rpc(5), services(5), shells(5)

HISTORY

A getent command appeared in
.Nx 3.0 , and was imported into
.Fx 7.0 . It was based on the command of the same name in Solaris and Linux.
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