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

SEE ALSO
       fgetpwent(3), getpwent(3), setpwent(3), endpwent(3), getp-
       wnam(3), getpwuid(3), putpwent(3), passwd(5).

GNU                        May 27, 1996                         1