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GETENT(1)               NetBSD General Commands Manual               GETENT(1)

getent -- get entries from administrative database
getent database [key ...]
The getent program 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. database 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 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, and hosts supports an IPv4 address, IPv6 address, or host name. If no key is provided and database supports enumeration, all entries for database will be retrieved using the appropriate enumeration function and printed.
getent 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.
ethers(5), group(5), hosts(5), networks(5), nsswitch.conf(5), passwd(5), protocols(5), rpc(5), services(5), shells(5)
A getent command appeared in NetBSD 3.0. It was based on the command of the same name in Solaris and Linux. NetBSD 3.1 August 24, 2005 NetBSD 3.1
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