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GETENT(1)		FreeBSD	General	Commands Manual		     GETENT(1)

NAME
     getent -- get entries from	administrative database

SYNOPSIS
     getent database [key ...]

DESCRIPTION
     The getent	utility	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.

     The database argument may be one of:

	   Database    Display format
	   ethers      address name
	   group       group:passwd:gid:[member[,member]...]
	   hosts       address name [alias ...]
	   netgroup    (host,user,domain) [...]
	   networks    name network [alias ...]
	   passwd      user:passwd:uid:gid:gecos:home_dir:shell
	   protocols   name protocol [alias ...]
	   rpc	       name number [alias ...]
	   services    name port/protocol [alias ...]
	   shells      /path/to/shell
	   utmpx       [time] type: properties

     If	one or more key	arguments are provided,	they will be looked up in
     database using the	appropriate function.  For example, ``passwd'' sup-
     ports 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
     printed.

EXIT STATUS
     The getent	utility	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.

SEE ALSO
     getutxent(3), ethers(5), group(5),	hosts(5), netgroup(5), networks(5),
     nsswitch.conf(5), passwd(5), protocols(5),	rpc(5),	services(5), shells(5)

HISTORY
     A getent command appeared in NetBSD 3.0, and was imported into
     FreeBSD 7.0.  It was based	on the command of the same name	in Solaris and
     Linux.

FreeBSD	11.1			 June 4, 2016			  FreeBSD 11.1

NAME | SYNOPSIS | DESCRIPTION | EXIT STATUS | SEE ALSO | HISTORY

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