Subject: Re: PROPOSAL: id(1) changes
To: Tim Rightnour <>
From: Hubert Feyrer <>
List: tech-userlevel
Date: 04/01/2001 17:03:00
On Sun, 1 Apr 2001, Tim Rightnour wrote:
> 3) rather than modify id in option 2..  create a program called "gid". That
> seems hokey to me.
> I think I like option 2 the best..  comments?

I think what you really want is a shell frontend for getpwnam, getpwuid,
getgrnam, getgrgid, getpwent, getgrent. Putting that into a utility on
it's own and not overloading id(1) might be good.

IIRC Solaris had a bunch of such tools to dig through these databases, but
I can't remember the names. 

What I personally use is some tcsh alias:

rfhpc8317% alias getpwnam
perl -e '$,="\n"; @a=getpwnam($ARGV[0]); print @a,"";'

... but of course that needs perl.

 - Hubert

Hubert Feyrer <>