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GETENT(1) NetBSD General Commands Manual GETENT(1)
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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
hosts address name [alias ...]
networks name network [alias ...]
protocols name protocol [alias ...]
rpc name number [alias ...]
services name port/protocol [alias ...]
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
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 4.0 August 24, 2005 NetBSD 4.0