Section (3) pam_get_user


Linux manual pages Section 3  

Name

pam_get_user — get user name

Synopsis

#include <security/pam_modules.h>
int pam_get_user( const pam_handle_t *pamh,
  const char **user,
  const char *prompt);
 

DESCRIPTION

The pam_get_user function returns the name of the user specified by pam_start(3). If no user was specified it what pam_get_item (pamh, PAM_USER, ... ); would have returned. If this is NULL it obtains the username via the pam_conv(3) mechanism, it prompts the user with the first non-NULL string in the following list:

  • The prompt argument passed to the function.

  • What is returned by pam_get_item (pamh, PAM_USER_PROMPT, ... );

  • The default prompt: login:

By whatever means the username is obtained, a pointer to it is returned as the contents of *user. Note, this memory should not be free()_zsingle_quotesz_d or modified by the module.

This function sets the PAM_USER item associated with the pam_set_item(3) and pam_get_item(3) functions.

RETURN VALUES

PAM_SUCCESS

User name was successful retrieved.

PAM_SYSTEM_ERR

A NULL pointer was submitted.

PAM_CONV_ERR

The conversation method supplied by the application failed to obtain the username.

SEE ALSO

pam_end(3), pam_get_item(3), pam_set_item(3), pam_strerror(3)

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