getauthent, getauthuid, storeauthent, setauthent, setauthfile, endau‐
thent - get/set auth entry
The function looks up the auth entry for the specified user ID and
returns a pointer to a static area containing it.
The function retrieves the next sequential entry from the auth database
and returns a pointer to a static area containing it.
The function stores the specified auth entry into the local auth data‐
base, overwriting any existing entry with the same a_uid field.
The function sets a pointer to the beginning of the auth database.
This function is used with to make multiple passes through the auth
The function sets the pathname of the file to be used for the local
auth database in all subsequent operations.
The function closes the auth database. Subsequent calls to getauthuid,
getauthent, or storeauthent reopen it.
The auth database can be distributed via the BIND/Hesiod naming ser‐
Only the superuser and members of the group authread may read informa‐
tion from the auth database.
Only the superuser may modify the auth database.
The auth database cannot be distributed via the Yellow Pages service.
When the auth database is served by BIND/Hesiod, a program must perform
its own Kerberos initialization prior to using any of these functions.
The values returned by and point to a static area which is overwritten
when subsequent calls are made.
Functions which return a pointer value return the null pointer (0) on
EOF or error. Other functions return zero (0) on success and a nega‐
tive value on failure.
FilesSee Alsogetpwent(3), auth(5), edauth(8)
Security Guide for Users
Security Guide for Administrators
Guide to the BIND/Hesiod Service