username to uid mapping

This is a discussion on username to uid mapping within the C Programming forums, part of the General Programming Boards category; ok - i may have asked this question before - but i can't find it by searching!! is there a ...

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    username to uid mapping

    ok - i may have asked this question before - but i can't find it by searching!!

    is there a quick and easy way to get a username to uid mapping?
    i'm writing a daemon that forces its owning uid to a specified uid despite another user starting it. like apache forcing to run as nobody.

    however, on different boxes a user will have different uid's. Therefore the common variable across different boxes is the username and not the uid.
    so, do i have to parse the /etc/passwd file? is there an easier way?

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    thanks - thats what i needed!

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