since: 2.64


g_unix_get_passwd_entry (
  const gchar* user_name,
  GError** error


Get the passwd file entry for the given user_name using getpwnam_r(). This can fail if the given user_name doesn’t exist.

The returned struct passwd has been allocated using g_malloc() and should be freed using g_free(). The strings referenced by the returned struct are included in the same allocation, so are valid until the struct passwd is freed.

This function is safe to call from multiple threads concurrently.

You will need to include pwd.h to get the definition of struct passwd.

Available since: 2.64



Type: const gchar*

The username to get the passwd file entry for.

The data is owned by the caller of the function.
The value is a NUL terminated UTF-8 string.

Type: GError **

The return location for a recoverable error.

The argument can be NULL.
If the return location is not NULL, then you must initialize it to a NULL GError*.
The argument will left initialized to NULL by the function if there are no errors.
In case of error, the argument will be set to a newly allocated GError; the caller will take ownership of the data, and be responsible for freeing it.

Return value

Type: passwd*

Passwd entry, or NULL on error; free the returned value with g_free()

The caller of the function takes ownership of the data, and is responsible for freeing it.
The return value can be NULL.