NAME | SYNOPSIS | DESCRIPTION | RETURN VALUE | ERRORS | ATTRIBUTES | CONFORMING TO | NOTES | EXAMPLE | SEE ALSO | COLOPHON

GETPWENT_R(3)             Linux Programmer's Manual            GETPWENT_R(3)

NAME         top

       getpwent_r, fgetpwent_r - get passwd file entry reentrantly

SYNOPSIS         top

       #include <pwd.h>

       int getpwent_r(struct passwd *pwbuf, char *buf,
                      size_t buflen, struct passwd **pwbufp);

       int fgetpwent_r(FILE *stream, struct passwd *pwbuf, char *buf,
                       size_t buflen, struct passwd **pwbufp);

   Feature Test Macro Requirements for glibc (see feature_test_macros(7)):

       getpwent_r(),
           Since glibc 2.19:
               _DEFAULT_SOURCE
           Glibc 2.19 and earlier:
               _BSD_SOURCE || _SVID_SOURCE
       fgetpwent_r():
           Since glibc 2.19:
               _DEFAULT_SOURCE
           Glibc 2.19 and earlier:
               _SVID_SOURCE

DESCRIPTION         top

       The functions getpwent_r() and fgetpwent_r() are the reentrant
       versions of getpwent(3) and fgetpwent(3).  The former reads the next
       passwd entry from the stream initialized by setpwent(3).  The latter
       reads the next passwd entry from stream.

       The passwd structure is defined in <pwd.h> as follows:

           struct passwd {
               char    *pw_name;      /* username */
               char    *pw_passwd;    /* user password */
               uid_t    pw_uid;       /* user ID */
               gid_t    pw_gid;       /* group ID */
               char    *pw_gecos;     /* user information */
               char    *pw_dir;       /* home directory */
               char    *pw_shell;     /* shell program */
           };

       For more information about the fields of this structure, see
       passwd(5).

       The nonreentrant functions return a pointer to static storage, where
       this static storage contains further pointers to user name, password,
       gecos field, home directory and shell.  The reentrant functions
       described here return all of that in caller-provided buffers.  First
       of all there is the buffer pwbuf that can hold a struct passwd.  And
       next the buffer buf of size buflen that can hold additional strings.
       The result of these functions, the struct passwd read from the
       stream, is stored in the provided buffer *pwbuf, and a pointer to
       this struct passwd is returned in *pwbufp.

RETURN VALUE         top

       On success, these functions return 0 and *pwbufp is a pointer to the
       struct passwd.  On error, these functions return an error value and
       *pwbufp is NULL.

ERRORS         top

       ENOENT No more entries.

       ERANGE Insufficient buffer space supplied.  Try again with larger
              buffer.

ATTRIBUTES         top

       For an explanation of the terms used in this section, see
       attributes(7).

       ┌──────────────┬───────────────┬─────────────────────────────┐
       │Interface     Attribute     Value                       │
       ├──────────────┼───────────────┼─────────────────────────────┤
       │getpwent_r()  │ Thread safety │ MT-Unsafe race:pwent locale │
       ├──────────────┼───────────────┼─────────────────────────────┤
       │fgetpwent_r() │ Thread safety │ MT-Safe                     │
       └──────────────┴───────────────┴─────────────────────────────┘
       In the above table, pwent in race:pwent signifies that if any of the
       functions setpwent(), getpwent(), endpwent(), or getpwent_r() are
       used in parallel in different threads of a program, then data races
       could occur.

CONFORMING TO         top

       These functions are GNU extensions, done in a style resembling the
       POSIX version of functions like getpwnam_r(3).  Other systems use the
       prototype

           struct passwd *
           getpwent_r(struct passwd *pwd, char *buf, int buflen);

       or, better,

           int
           getpwent_r(struct passwd *pwd, char *buf, int buflen,
                      FILE **pw_fp);

NOTES         top

       The function getpwent_r() is not really reentrant since it shares the
       reading position in the stream with all other threads.

EXAMPLE         top

       #define _GNU_SOURCE
       #include <pwd.h>
       #include <stdio.h>
       #define BUFLEN 4096

       int
       main(void)
       {
           struct passwd pw, *pwp;
           char buf[BUFLEN];
           int i;

           setpwent();
           while (1) {
               i = getpwent_r(&pw, buf, BUFLEN, &pwp);
               if (i)
                   break;
               printf("%s (%d)\tHOME %s\tSHELL %s\n", pwp->pw_name,
                      pwp->pw_uid, pwp->pw_dir, pwp->pw_shell);
           }
           endpwent();
           exit(EXIT_SUCCESS);
       }

SEE ALSO         top

       fgetpwent(3), getpw(3), getpwent(3), getpwnam(3), getpwuid(3),
       putpwent(3), passwd(5)

COLOPHON         top

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