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GETGROUPS(2) System Calls Manual GETGROUPS(2)

get group access list

#include <unistd.h>
getgroups(int gidsetlen, gid_t *gidset);

getgroups() gets the current group access list of the current user process and stores it in the array gidset. The parameter gidsetlen indicates the number of entries that may be placed in gidset. getgroups() returns the actual number of groups returned in gidset. No more than {NGROUPS_MAX} will ever be returned. If gidsetlen is 0, getgroups() returns the number of groups without modifying the gidset array.

A successful call returns the number of groups in the group set. A value of -1 indicates that an error occurred, and the error code is stored in the global variable errno.

The possible errors for getgroups() are:
The argument gidsetlen is smaller than the number of groups in the group set.
The argument gidset specifies an invalid address.

getgid(2), setgid(2), setgroups(2), initgroups(3)

The getgroups() function conforms to IEEE Std 1003.1-2008 (“POSIX.1”).

The getgroups() system call first appeared in 4.1cBSD.
July 17, 2013 OpenBSD-5.8