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       getpwuid UID

               These routines perform the same functions as their
               counterparts in the system library.  In list
               context, the return values from the various get
               routines are as follows:

                   ($name,$passwd,$uid,$gid,
                      $quota,$comment,$gcos,$dir,$shell,$expire) = getpw*
                   ($name,$passwd,$gid,$members) = getgr*
                   ($name,$aliases,$addrtype,$length,@addrs) = gethost*
                   ($name,$aliases,$addrtype,$net) = getnet*
                   ($name,$aliases,$proto) = getproto*
                   ($name,$aliases,$port,$proto) = getserv*

               (If the entry doesn't exist you get a null list.)

               The exact meaning of the $gcos field varies but it
               usually contains the real name of the user (as
               opposed to the login name) and other information
               pertaining to the user.  Beware, however, that in
               many system users are able to change this
               information and therefore it cannot be trusted and
               therefore the $gcos is is tainted (see the perlsec
               manpage).  The $passwd and $shell, user's
               encrypted password and login shell, are also
               tainted, because of the same reason.

               In scalar context, you get the name, unless the
               function was a lookup by name, in which case you
               get the other thing, whatever it is.  (If the
               entry doesn't exist you get the undefined value.)
               For example:

                   $uid   = getpwnam($name);
                   $name  = getpwuid($num);
                   $name  = getpwent();
                   $gid   = getgrnam($name);
                   $name  = getgrgid($num;
                   $name  = getgrent();
                   #etc.

               In _g_e_t_p_w_*_(_) the fields $quota, $comment, and
               $expire are special cases in the sense that in
               many systems they are unsupported.  If the $quota
               is unsupported, it is an empty scalar.  If it is
               supported, it usually encodes the disk quota.  If
               the $comment field is unsupported, it is an empty
               scalar.  If it is supported it usually encodes
               some administrative comment about the user.  In
               some systems the $quota field may be $change or
               $age, fields that have to do with password aging.
               In some systems the $comment field may be $class.
               The $expire field, if present, encodes the
               expiration period of the account or the password.
               For the availability and the exact meaning of
               these fields in your system, please consult your
               _g_e_t_p_w_n_a_m(3) documentation and your _p_w_d_._h file.
               You can also find out from within Perl what your
               $quota and $comment fields mean and whether you
               have the $expire field by using the `Config'
               module and the values `d_pwquota', `d_pwage',
               `d_pwchange', `d_pwcomment', and `d_pwexpire'.
               Shadow password files are only supported if your
               vendor has implemented them in the intuitive
               fashion that calling the regular C library
               routines gets the shadow versions if you're
               running under privilege.  Those that incorrectly
               implement a separate library call are not
               supported.

               The $members value returned by _g_e_t_g_r_*_(_) is a space
               separated list of the login names of the members
               of the group.

               For the _g_e_t_h_o_s_t_*_(_) functions, if the `h_errno'
               variable is supported in C, it will be returned to
               you via `$?' if the function call fails.  The
               `@addrs' value returned by a successful call is a
               list of the raw addresses returned by the
               corresponding system library call.  In the
               Internet domain, each address is four bytes long
               and you can unpack it by saying something like:

                   ($a,$b,$c,$d) = unpack('C4',$addr[0]);

               The Socket library makes this slightly easier:

                   use Socket;
                   $iaddr = inet_aton("127.1"); # or whatever address
                   $name  = gethostbyaddr($iaddr, AF_INET);

                   # or going the other way
                   $straddr = inet_ntoa($iaddr);

               If you get tired of remembering which element of
               the return list contains which return value, by-
               name interfaces are provided in standard modules:
               `File::stat', `Net::hostent', `Net::netent',
               `Net::protoent', `Net::servent', `Time::gmtime',
               `Time::localtime', and `User::grent'.  These
               override the normal built-ins, supplying versions
               that return objects with the appropriate names for
               each field.  For example:

                  use File::stat;
                  use User::pwent;
                  $is_his = (stat($filename)->uid == pwent($whoever)->uid);

               Even though it looks like they're the same method
               calls (uid), they aren't, because a `File::stat'
               object is different from a `User::pwent' object.



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