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Which backend is getpwent using?

by j0se (Pilgrim)
on Jul 11, 2013 at 13:11 UTC ( #1043720=perlquestion: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??
j0se has asked for the wisdom of the Perl Monks concerning the following question:

Hello Monks,

I have the following code to find duplicate UIDs:

use strict; use warnings; use User::pwent; # overrides normal getpwent() use Test::More 'no_plan'; # Duplicate UIDs my @dups = duplicate_uids(); is( @dups, 0, "duplicate uids (@dups)" ); sub duplicate_uids { my @uids; while ( my $pwent = getpwent() ) { push @uids, $pwent->uid; } endpwent(); my %seen = (); my @dups = grep { $seen{$_}++ } @uids; if (@dups) { return @dups; } else { return 0; } }

I'm getting this output ...

not ok 10 - duplicate uids (0 65534) # Failed test 'duplicate uids (0 65534)' # at line 57. # got: '2' # expected: '0'
... and the reason is that root (0) and nobody (65534) accounts exist both in /etc/passwd and LDAP.

Is there a way to distinguish between various user account backends (e.g. /etc/passwd, LDAP) from within a Perl program using getpwent?

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