userdbctl(1) — Linux manual page


USERDBCTL(1)                      userdbctl                     USERDBCTL(1)

NAME         top

       userdbctl - Inspect users, groups and group memberships

SYNOPSIS         top

       userdbctl [OPTIONS...] {COMMAND} [NAME...]

DESCRIPTION         top

       userdbctl may be used to inspect user and groups (as well as group
       memberships) of the system. This client utility inquires user/group
       information provided by various system services, both operating on
       JSON user/group records (as defined by the JSON User Record[1] and
       JSON Group Record[2] definitions), and classic UNIX NSS/glibc user
       and group records. This tool is primarily a client to the User/Group
       Record Lookup API via Varlink[3].

OPTIONS         top

       The following options are understood:

           Choose the output mode, takes one of "classic", "friendly",
           "table", "json". If "classic", an output very close to the format
           of /etc/passwd or /etc/group is generated. If "friendly" a more
           comprehensive and user friendly, human readable output is
           generated; if "table" a minimal, tabular output is generated; if
           "json" a JSON formatted output is generated. Defaults to
           "friendly" if a user/group is specified on the command line,
           "table" otherwise.

           Note that most output formats do not show all available
           information. In particular, "classic" and "table" show only the
           most important fields. Various modes also do not show password
           hashes. Use "json" to view all fields, including any
           authentication fields.

       --service=SERVICE[:SERVICE...], -s SERVICE:SERVICE...
           Controls which services to query for users/groups. Takes a list
           of one or more service names, separated by ":". See below for a
           list of well-known service names. If not specified all available
           services are queried at once.

           Controls whether to include classic glibc/NSS user/group lookups
           in the output. If --with-nss=no is used any attempts to resolve
           or enumerate users/groups provided only via glibc NSS is
           suppressed. If --with-nss=yes is specified such users/groups are
           included in the output (which is the default).

           Controls whether to synthesize records for the root and nobody
           users/groups if they aren't defined otherwise. By default (or
           "yes") such records are implicitly synthesized if otherwise
           missing since they have special significance to the OS. When "no"
           this synthesizing is turned off.

           This option is short for --with-nss=no --synthesize=no. Use this
           option to show only records that are natively defined as JSON
           user or group records, with all NSS/glibc compatibility and all
           implicit synthesis turned off.

           Do not pipe output into a pager.

           Do not print the legend, i.e. column headers and the footer with

       -h, --help
           Print a short help text and exit.

           Print a short version string and exit.

COMMANDS         top

       The following commands are understood:

       user [USER...]
           List all known users records or show details of one or more
           specified user records. Use --output= to tweak output mode.

       group [GROUP...]
           List all known group records or show details of one or more
           specified group records. Use --output= to tweak output mode.

       users-in-group [GROUP...]
           List users that are members of the specified groups. If no groups
           are specified list all user/group memberships defined. Use
           --output= to tweak output mode.

       groups-of-user [USER...]
           List groups that the specified users are members of. If no users
           are specified list all user/group memberships defined (in this
           case groups-of-user and users-in-group are equivalent). Use
           --output= to tweak output mode.

           List all services currently providing user/group definitions to
           the system. See below for a list of well-known services providing
           user information.

           This operation is not a public, user-facing interface. It is used
           to allow the SSH daemon to pick up authorized keys from user
           records, see below.


       The userdbctl services command will list all currently running
       services that provide user or group definitions to the system. The
       following well-known services are shown among this list:

           This service is provided by the system service manager itself
           (i.e. PID 1) and makes all users (and their groups) synthesized
           through the DynamicUser= setting in service unit files available
           to the system (see systemd.exec(5) for details about this

           This service is provided by systemd-homed.service(8) and makes
           all users (and their groups) belonging to home directories
           managed by that service available to the system.

           This service is provided by systemd-machined.service(8) and
           synthesizes records for all users/groups used by a container that
           employs user namespacing.

           This service is provided by systemd-userdbd.service(8) and
           multiplexes user/group look-ups to all other running lookup
           services. This is the primary entry point for user/group record
           clients, as it simplifies client side implementation
           substantially since they can ask a single service for lookups
           instead of asking all running services in parallel.  userdbctl
           uses this service preferably, too, unless --with-nss= or
           --service= are used, in which case finer control over the
           services to talk to is required.

           This service is (also) provided by systemd-userdbd.service(8) and
           converts classic NSS/glibc user and group records to JSON
           user/group records, providing full backwards compatibility. Use
           --with-nss=no to disable this compatibility, see above. Note that
           compatibility is actually provided in both directions:
           nss-systemd(8) will automatically synthesize classic NSS/glibc
           user/group records from all JSON user/group records provided to
           the system, thus using both APIs is mostly equivalent and
           provides access to the same data, however the NSS/glibc APIs
           necessarily expose a more reduced set of fields only.

       Note that userdbctl has internal support for NSS-based lookups too.
       This means that if neither io.systemd.Multiplexer nor
       io.systemd.NameSeviceSwitch are running look-ups into the basic
       user/group databases will still work.


       The userdbctl tool may be used to make the list of SSH authorized
       keys possibly contained in a user record available to the SSH daemon
       for authentication. For that configure the following in

           AuthorizedKeysCommand /usr/bin/userdbctl ssh-authorized-keys %u
           AuthorizedKeysCommandUser root

EXIT STATUS         top

       On success, 0 is returned, a non-zero failure code otherwise.

ENVIRONMENT         top

           Pager to use when --no-pager is not given; overrides $PAGER. If
           neither $SYSTEMD_PAGER nor $PAGER are set, a set of well-known
           pager implementations are tried in turn, including less(1) and
           more(1), until one is found. If no pager implementation is
           discovered no pager is invoked. Setting this environment variable
           to an empty string or the value "cat" is equivalent to passing

           Override the options passed to less (by default "FRSXMK").

           Users might want to change two options in particular:

               This option instructs the pager to exit immediately when
               Ctrl+C is pressed. To allow less to handle Ctrl+C itself to
               switch back to the pager command prompt, unset this option.

               If the value of $SYSTEMD_LESS does not include "K", and the
               pager that is invoked is less, Ctrl+C will be ignored by the
               executable, and needs to be handled by the pager.

               This option instructs the pager to not send termcap
               initialization and deinitialization strings to the terminal.
               It is set by default to allow command output to remain
               visible in the terminal even after the pager exits.
               Nevertheless, this prevents some pager functionality from
               working, in particular paged output cannot be scrolled with
               the mouse.

           See less(1) for more discussion.

           Override the charset passed to less (by default "utf-8", if the
           invoking terminal is determined to be UTF-8 compatible).

           The value must be a boolean. Controls whether colorized output
           should be generated. This can be specified to override the
           decision that systemd makes based on $TERM and what the console
           is connected to.

           The value must be a boolean. Controls whether clickable links
           should be generated in the output for terminal emulators
           supporting this. This can be specified to override the decision
           that systemd makes based on $TERM and other conditions.

SEE ALSO         top

       systemd(1), systemd-userdbd.service(8), systemd-homed.service(8),
       nss-systemd(8), getent(1)

NOTES         top

        1. JSON User Record

        2. JSON Group Record

        3. User/Group Record Lookup API via Varlink

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