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

NAME
       getpw - Re-construct password line entry

SYNOPSIS
       #include	<pwd.h>
       #include	<sys/types.h>

       int getpw(uid_t uid, char *buf);

DESCRIPTION
       The  getpw()  function  re-constructs  the  password line entry for the
       given user uid uid in the buffer	buf.  The returned buffer  contains  a
       line of format

	      name:passwd:uid:gid:gecos:dir:shell

       The passwd structure is defined in _pwd.h_ as follows:

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

RETURN VALUE
       The getpw() function returns 0 on success, or -1	if an error occurs.

ERRORS
       ENOMEM Insufficient memory to allocate passwd structure.

FILES
       /etc/passwd
	      password database	file

CONFORMING TO
       SYSVr2.

BUGS
       The  getpw() function is	dangerous as it	may overflow the provided buf-
       fer buf.	 It is obsoleted by getpwuid().

SEE ALSO
       fgetpwent(3), getpwent(3), setpwent(3), endpwent(3), getpwnam(3), getp-
       wuid(3),	putpwent(3), passwd(5)

GNU				  1996-05-27			      GETPW(3)

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