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PAM_GET_USER(3) NetBSD Library Functions Manual PAM_GET_USER(3)
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pam_get_user -- retrieve user name
pam_get_user(pam_handle_t *pamh, const char **user, const char *prompt);
The pam_get_user() function returns the name of the target user, as spec-
ified to pam_start(3). If no user was specified, nor set using
pam_set_item(3), pam_get_user() will prompt for a user name. Either way,
a pointer to the user name is stored in the location pointed to by the
user argument, and the corresponding PAM item is updated.
The prompt argument specifies a prompt to use if no user name is cached.
If it is NULL, the PAM_USER_PROMPT item will be used. If that item is
also NULL, a hardcoded default prompt will be used. Additionally, when
pam_get_user() is called from a service module, the prompt may be
affected by module options as described below. The prompt is then
expanded using openpam_subst(3) before it is passed to the conversation
When called by a service module, pam_get_user() will recognize the fol-
lowing module options:
user_prompt Prompt to use when asking for the user name. This
option overrides both the prompt argument and the
The pam_get_user() function returns one of the following values:
[PAM_BAD_ITEM] Unrecognized or restricted item.
[PAM_BUF_ERR] Memory buffer error.
[PAM_CONV_ERR] Conversation failure.
[PAM_SYSTEM_ERR] System error.
openpam_get_option(3), openpam_subst(3), pam(3), pam_conv(3),
pam_get_authtok(3), pam_get_item(3), pam_set_item(3), pam_start(3),
X/Open Single Sign-On Service (XSSO) - Pluggable Authentication Modules,
The pam_get_user() function and this manual page were developed for the
FreeBSD Project by ThinkSec AS and Network Associates Laboratories, the
Security Research Division of Network Associates, Inc. under DARPA/SPAWAR
contract N66001-01-C-8035 (``CBOSS''), as part of the DARPA CHATS
The OpenPAM library is maintained by Dag-Erling Smørgrav <email@example.com>.
NetBSD 9.2 April 30, 2017 NetBSD 9.2