In my FTP client I can see files' owner ID (99).

How do I find out which user is the owner of these files?


Shorter getent version (as long as you don't need just the username)

$ getent passwd 99

Works on at least CentOS 5.6 - will take username or uid as key.

  • Interestingly enough centos has done something wierd and user 48 is not listed in passwd. – Kendrick Jan 2 '13 at 3:34
$ getent passwd | awk -F: '$3 == 99 { print $1 }'

The quickest way to check it (if you have a shell access) is to: cat /etc/passwd | grep 99

Btw UID 99 usually belongs to "nobody" user.

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    getent is a better answer because it works even if the userid is coming from NIS. – Paul Tomblin Apr 30 '11 at 10:37

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