getuid

GETUID(2)                  Linux Programmer's Manual                 GETUID(2)



NAME
       getuid, geteuid - get user identity

SYNOPSIS
       #include <unistd.h>
       #include <sys/types.h>

       uid_t getuid(void);
       uid_t geteuid(void);

DESCRIPTION
       getuid() returns the real user ID of the calling process.

       geteuid() returns the effective user ID of the calling process.

ERRORS
       These functions are always successful.

CONFORMING TO
       POSIX.1-2001, POSIX.1-2008, 4.3BSD.

NOTES
   History
       In UNIX V6 the getuid() call returned (euid << 8) + uid.  UNIX V7
       introduced separate calls getuid() and geteuid().

       The original Linux getuid() and geteuid() system calls supported only
       16-bit user IDs.  Subsequently, Linux 2.4 added getuid32() and
       geteuid32(), supporting 32-bit IDs.  The glibc getuid() and geteuid()
       wrapper functions transparently deal with the variations across kernel
       versions.

       On Alpha, instead of a pair of getuid() and geteuid() system calls, a
       single getxuid() system call is provided, which returns a pair of real
       and effective UIDs.  The glibc getuid() and geteuid() wrapper functions
       transparently deal with this.  See syscall(2) for details regarding
       register mapping.

SEE ALSO
       getresuid(2), setreuid(2), setuid(2), credentials(7)

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Linux                             2019-03-06                         GETUID(2)