pam_get_user — get user name


#include <security/pam_modules.h>

int pam_get_user(const pam_handle_t *pamh, const char **user, const char *prompt);


The pam_get_user function returns the name of the user specified by pam_start(3). If no user was specified it returns 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:

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()'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


User name was successful retrieved.


A NULL pointer was submitted.


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)

Referenced By

pam(3), pam_get_item(3).

05/18/2018 Linux-PAM Manual