hesinfo man page

hesinfo — find out what is stored in the Hesiod database


hesinfo [-bl] HesiodName HesiodNameType


hesinfo takes two arguments, a name to be resolved and a string, known as a HesiodNameType.  It then prints the information returned by the Hesiod nameserver.

The value returned by hesinfo is of the type HesiodNameType.

hesinfo understands the following options:


Selects long format.


Prints the fully-qualified string passed to the nameserver.

VALID Hesiod_Names

The following types of identifiers may be used in the HesiodName argument to hesinfo. These values will be resolved by accessing the hesiod database.


the 8-character-or-less string used to identify users or classes (e.g. joeuser, root, 1.00, etc). Used with the Hesiod_Name_Types passwd, pobox, and filsys.


the id number assigned to a user.


the id number assigned to a group.


a name identifying a unique group.


the name of an athena file system.

<rvd server>:<pack>

the name of an rvd's server and pack  seperated by a colon.

<nfs server>:<partition>

the name of an nfs server and its partition seperated by a colon.


the machine name of an Athena workstation (e.g. E40-343-3).


name of an Athena service (e.g. Zephyr).


name of Unix service (valid entries are defined in /etc/services).


name of a printer.


name of an Athena print cluster.


some hesinfo calls (e.g. prclusterlist ) do not require a specific HesiodName argument.  However, you must include a dummy string (e.g. 'foo') for hesinfo
to work properly.

VALID Hesiod_Name_Types

The following symbols are valid substitutions for the HesiodNameType argument to hesinfo.


returns string suitable for inclusion in /etc/passwd, searching with <username>.


returns information on the pobox assigned to the user specified by HesiodName, searching with <username>.


returns string suitable for inclusion in /etc/passwd, searching with <uid>.


returns string suitable for inclusion in /etc/group, searching with <groupid>.


returns string suitable for inclusion in /etc/group, searching with <groupname>.


returns subgroups included in superset defined by <groupname>.


returns file system type, export point, server, mount mode, and import point for the following valid HesiodNames (see above) - <file system name>, <username>, <rvd server>:<pack>, and <nfs server>:<partition>


returns information about the local cluster the workstation, specified by <workstation name>. Included is information about the local file and print servers.  This information is accesses by clusterinfo at boot time.


returns network name of service host for <service-name>.


returns Internet protocol type and protocol service port for <service-type>.


returns a valid entry for /etc/printcap for <printer-name>.


returns a list of print clusters.


returns a list of printers in a cluster specified by <printer-cluster-name>.



See Also

`Hesiod - Project Athena Technical Plan -- Name Service', named(8), hesiod(3)


Steve Dyer, IBM/Project Athena
Copyright 1987, 1988, 1996 by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.


27 October 1996