user identifier

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user identifier definition

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1. (Or "uid", "user id") A number or name which is unique to a particular user of a computer or group of computers which share user information. The operating system uses the uid to represent the user in its data structures, e.g. the owner of a file or process, the person attempting to access a system resource etc.
A user database, e.g. Unix's /etc/passwd file or NIS, maps the uid to other information about that user such as their user name, password, home directory and real name.
2. user name.
(1997-03-01)
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010 http://foldoc.org
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