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GETGROUPS(2)		   Linux Programmer's Manual		  GETGROUPS(2)

       getgroups, setgroups - get/set list of supplementary group IDs

       #include	<sys/types.h>
       #include	<unistd.h>

       int getgroups(int size, gid_t list[]);

       #include	<grp.h>

       int setgroups(size_t size, const	gid_t *list);

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

       setgroups(): _BSD_SOURCE

       getgroups()  returns the	supplementary group IDs	of the calling process
       in list.	 The argument size should be set  to  the  maximum  number  of
       items  that  can	 be  stored  in	the buffer pointed to by list.	If the
       calling process is a member of more  than  size	supplementary  groups,
       then  an	 error results.	 It is unspecified whether the effective group
       ID of the calling process is included in	the returned list.  (Thus,  an
       application should also call getegid(2) and add or remove the resulting

       If size is zero,	list is	not modified, but the total number of  supple-
       mentary	group IDs for the process is returned.	This allows the	caller
       to determine the	size of	a dynamically allocated	list to	be used	 in  a
       further call to getgroups().

       setgroups()  sets  the supplementary group IDs for the calling process.
       Appropriate privileges (Linux: the CAP_SETGID capability) are required.
       The  size  argument  specifies the number of supplementary group	IDs in
       the buffer pointed to by	list.

       On success, getgroups() returns the number of supplementary group  IDs.
       On error, -1 is returned, and errno is set appropriately.

       On success, setgroups() returns 0.  On error, -1	is returned, and errno
       is set appropriately.

       EFAULT list has an invalid address.

       getgroups() can additionally fail with the following error:

       EINVAL size is less than	the number of supplementary group IDs, but  is
	      not zero.

       setgroups() can additionally fail with the following errors:

       EINVAL size  is	greater	than NGROUPS_MAX (32 before Linux 2.6.4; 65536
	      since Linux 2.6.4).

       ENOMEM Out of memory.

       EPERM  The calling process has insufficient privilege.

       SVr4, 4.3BSD.  The getgroups() function is in POSIX.1-2001.  Since set-
       groups()	requires privilege, it is not covered by POSIX.1-2001.

       A  process  can have up to NGROUPS_MAX supplementary group IDs in addi-
       tion to the effective group ID.	The constant NGROUPS_MAX is defined in
       _limits.h_.   The  set of supplementary group IDs is inherited from the
       parent process, and preserved across an execve(2).

       The maximum number of supplementary group IDs can be found at run  time
       using sysconf(3):

	   long	ngroups_max;
	   ngroups_max = sysconf(_SC_NGROUPS_MAX);

       The  maximum return value of getgroups()	cannot be larger than one more
       than this value.	 Since Linux 2.6.4, the	maximum	number	of  supplemen-
       tary  group  IDs	is also	exposed	via the	Linux-specific read-only file,

       The original Linux getgroups() system call supported only 16-bit	 group
       IDs.   Subsequently,  Linux  2.4	added getgroups32(), supporting	32-bit
       IDs.  The glibc getgroups() wrapper function transparently  deals  with
       the variation across kernel versions.

       getgid(2),  setgid(2), getgrouplist(3), group_member(3),	initgroups(3),
       capabilities(7),	credentials(7)

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