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Old 05-24-2012, 09:21 AM   #1
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user id number


Hi all,

how to find what is the max id number that is been assigned to a user in linux ?
/etc/passwd file might have it but not sure how to find it if it has too many entries in it ?

and also what is the range of id's can be used in linux ?


Thanks in advance!
 
Old 05-24-2012, 09:34 AM   #2
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/etc/login.defs defines the max and min uids and gids. There is no formal way to find out the current max UID, as it's not an interesting thing to want to know. you can easily spit the output of "getent passwd" through cut and the likes though.


getent passwd | cut -d: -f4 | sort -n | tail -n1

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Old 05-24-2012, 09:45 AM   #3
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awk -F":" 'END{ print "username: " $1 "\t\tuid:" $3 }' /etc/passwd
Assumed the last entry has the highest uid. Else you have to search the passwd file for the highest uid.
 
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getent passwd | cut -d: -f4 | sort -n | tail -n1
-f4 needs to be -f3
 
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Old 05-24-2012, 09:51 AM   #5
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-f4 needs to be -f3
Doh yes, I tested that against an F5 BigIP appliance which makes all users uid 0 so I got confused!
 
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Old 05-24-2012, 10:00 AM   #6
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Thanks everyone for quick and exact solution!!!
 
  


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