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
The value returned by hesinfo is of the type HesiodNameType.
hesinfo understands the following options:
-l Selects long format.
-b Prints the fully-qualified string passed to the nameserver.
The following types of identifiers may be used in the HesiodName
argument to hesinfo. These values will be resolved by accessing the
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.
<uid> 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.
the name of an rvd’s server and pack seperated by a colon.
the name of an nfs server and its partition seperated by a
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
name of a printer.
name of an Athena print cluster.
<foo> 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.
The following symbols are valid substitutions for the HesiodNameType
argument to hesinfo.
returns string suitable for inclusion in /etc/passwd, searching
pobox returns information on the pobox assigned to the user specified
by HesiodName, searching with <username>.
uid returns string suitable for inclusion in /etc/passwd, searching
gid returns string suitable for inclusion in /etc/group, searching
group returns string suitable for inclusion in /etc/group, searching
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
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.
sloc returns network name of service host for <service-name>.
returns Internet protocol type and protocol service port for
pcap 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-
‘Hesiod - Project Athena Technical Plan -- Name Service’, named(8),
Steve Dyer, IBM/Project Athena
Copyright 1987, 1988, 1996 by the Massachusetts Institute of
27 October 1996