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getgrouplistcalculate group access list


#include <unistd.h>
getgrouplist(const char *name, gid_t basegid, gid_t *groups, int *ngroups);


The getgrouplist() function reads through the group(5) file and calculates the group access list for the user specified in name. The basegid is automatically included in the groups list. Typically this value is given as the group number from the password file.
If YP is active and the group file contains no exclusions, the netid(5) file and the netid.byname YP map will be used in addition to the group file. If the group file contains at least one exclusion, the group.byname YP map will be used in addition to the group file.
The resulting group list is returned in the integer array pointed to by groups. The caller specifies the size of the groups array in the integer pointed to by ngroups; the actual number of groups found is returned in ngroups.


The getgrouplist() function returns 0 if successful and -1 if the size of the group list is too small to hold all the user's groups. Here, the group array will be filled with as many groups as will fit.


group database file
static group lists to override YP data


setgroups(2), initgroups(3), yp_match(3), group(5), netid(5), yp(8)


The getgrouplist() function first appeared in 4.4BSD.


The getgrouplist() function uses the routines based on getgrent(3). If the invoking program uses any of these routines, the group structure will be overwritten in the call to getgrouplist().
June 5, 2013 OpenBSD-current