The Single UNIX ® Specification, Version 2
Copyright © 1997 The Open Group


getgrnam, getgrnam_r - search group database for a name


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

struct group *getgrnam(const char *name);
int getgrnam_r(const char *name, struct group *grp, char *buffer,
    size_t bufsize, struct group **result);


The getgrnam() function searches the group database for an entry with a matching name.

The getgrnam() interface need not be reentrant.

The getgrnam_r() function updates the group structure pointed to by grp and stores a pointer to that structure at the location pointed to by result. The structure contains an entry from the group database with a matching gid or name. Storage referenced by the group structure is allocated from the memory provided with the buffer parameter, which is bufsize characters in size. The maximum size needed for this buffer can be determined with the {_SC_GETGR_R_SIZE_MAX} sysconf() parameter. A NULL pointer is returned at the location pointed to by result on error or if the requested entry is not found.


The getgrnam() function returns a pointer to a struct group with the structure defined in <grp.h> with a matching entry if one is found. The getgrnam() function returns a null pointer if either the requested entry was not found, or an error occurred. On error, errno will be set to indicate the error.

The return value may point to a static area which is overwritten by a subsequent call to getgrent(), getgrgid() or getgrnam().

If successful, the getgrnam_r() function returns zero. Otherwise, an error number is returned to indicate the error.


The getgrnam() function may fail if:
An I/O error has occurred.
A signal was caught during getgrnam().
{OPEN_MAX} file descriptors are currently open in the calling process.
The maximum allowable number of files is currently open in the system.

The getgrnam_r() function may fail if:

Insufficient storage was supplied via buffer and bufsize to contain the data to be referenced by the resulting group structure.




Applications wishing to check for error situations should set errno to 0 before calling getgrnam(). If errno is set on return, an error occurred.




endgrent(), getgrgid(), <grp.h>, <limits.h>, <sys/types.h>.


getgrnam() derived from System V Release 2.0.

getgrnam_r() derived the POSIX Threads Extension (1003.1c-1995).

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