Linux Command Directory
This directory of Linux commands is from Linux in a Nutshell, 5th Edition.
Click on any of the 687 commands below to get a description and list of available options. All links in the command summaries point to the online version of the book on Safari Bookshelf.
getent [options] database key
Search the specified database for the specified key. The database may be any one of passwd, group, hosts, services, protocols, ornetworks.
Specify the service configuration to be used. See nsswitch.conf(5) for information about name-service switching.
Display a help message.
Display a very short syntax synopsis.
Print version information and quit.