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Get contents from hosts, passwd, groups even if they're in DB/LDAP/other

Terminal - Get contents from hosts, passwd, groups even if they're in DB/LDAP/other
getent [group|hosts|networks|passwd|protocols|services] [keyword]
2009-02-16 15:57:26
User: raphink
Functions: getent
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Get contents from hosts, passwd, groups even if they're in DB/LDAP/other

getent allows to get the contents of several databases in their native file format even if they are not actually in /etc. For example, if you are using a LDAP or a DB to authenticate your users, you won't find their info by catting /etc/passwd, but "getent passwd" will concatenate /etc/passwd to the LDAP/DB.

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Terminal - Alternatives
getent services <<service>>
2011-10-09 14:43:19
Functions: getent
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Uses the file located in /etc/services

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I just stumbled upon this today and it solves a MASSIVE problem for me. Thanks! LDAP group members have been a real pain to identify.

Comment by jgc 306 weeks ago

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