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

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

NAME         top

       setaliasent, endaliasent, getaliasent, getaliasent_r, getaliasbyname,
       getaliasbyname_r - read an alias entry

SYNOPSIS         top

       #include <aliases.h>

       void setaliasent(void);

       void endaliasent(void);

       struct aliasent *getaliasent(void);

       int getaliasent_r(struct aliasent *result,
               char *buffer, size_t buflen, struct aliasent **res);

       struct aliasent *getaliasbyname(const char *name);

       int getaliasbyname_r(const char *name, struct aliasent *result,
               char *buffer, size_t buflen, struct aliasent **res);

DESCRIPTION         top

       One of the databases available with the Name Service Switch (NSS) is
       the aliases database, that contains mail aliases.  (To find out which
       databases are supported, try getent --help.)  Six functions are
       provided to access the aliases database.

       The getaliasent() function returns a pointer to a structure
       containing the group information from the aliases database.  The
       first time it is called it returns the first entry; thereafter, it
       returns successive entries.

       The setaliasent() function rewinds the file pointer to the beginning
       of the aliases database.

       The endaliasent() function closes the aliases database.

       getaliasent_r() is the reentrant version of the previous function.
       The requested structure is stored via the first argument but the
       programmer needs to fill the other arguments also.  Not providing
       enough space causes the function to fail.

       The function getaliasbyname() takes the name argument and searches
       the aliases database.  The entry is returned as a pointer to a struct
       aliasent.

       getaliasbyname_r() is the reentrant version of the previous function.
       The requested structure is stored via the second argument but the
       programmer needs to fill the other arguments also.  Not providing
       enough space causes the function to fail.

       The struct aliasent is defined in <aliases.h>:

           struct aliasent {
               char    *alias_name;             /* alias name */
               size_t   alias_members_len;
               char   **alias_members;          /* alias name list */
               int      alias_local;
           };

RETURN VALUE         top

       The functions getaliasent_r() and getaliasbyname_r() return a nonzero
       value on error.

FILES         top

       The default alias database is the file /etc/aliases.  This can be
       changed in the /etc/nsswitch.conf file.

ATTRIBUTES         top

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

       ┌────────────────────┬───────────────┬────────────────┐
       │Interface           Attribute     Value          │
       ├────────────────────┼───────────────┼────────────────┤
       │setaliasent(),      │ Thread safety │ MT-Safe locale │
       │endaliasent(),      │               │                │
       │getaliasent_r(),    │               │                │
       │getaliasbyname_r()  │               │                │
       ├────────────────────┼───────────────┼────────────────┤
       │getaliasent(),      │ Thread safety │ MT-Unsafe      │
       │getaliasbyname()    │               │                │
       └────────────────────┴───────────────┴────────────────┘

CONFORMING TO         top

       These routines are glibc-specific.  The NeXT system has similar
       routines:

           #include <aliasdb.h>

           void alias_setent(void);
           void alias_endent(void);
           alias_ent *alias_getent(void);
           alias_ent *alias_getbyname(char *name);

EXAMPLE         top

       The following example compiles with gcc example.c -o example.  It
       will dump all names in the alias database.

       #include <aliases.h>
       #include <stdio.h>
       #include <stdlib.h>
       #include <errno.h>

       int
       main(void)
       {
           struct aliasent *al;
           setaliasent();
           for (;;) {
               al = getaliasent();
               if (al == NULL)
                   break;
               printf("Name: %s\n", al->alias_name);
           }
           if (errno) {
               perror("reading alias");
               exit(EXIT_FAILURE);
           }
           endaliasent();
           exit(EXIT_SUCCESS);
       }

SEE ALSO         top

       getgrent(3), getpwent(3), getspent(3), aliases(5)

COLOPHON         top

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GNU                              2015-07-23                   SETALIASENT(3)