Access to the Unix group file in Perl 6
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Access to the Unix group file in Perl 6


use Unix::Groups;

my $groups =;

say "The logged in user is member of these groups:";

for $groups.groups-for-user($*USER.Str) -> $group {
	say $;


This module provides access to the group details from /etc/group, with similar to getgrent(), getgrnam and getgrgid in the Unix standard C library.

The methods either return a Unix::Groups::Group object or an array of those objects.

Because this module goes directly to the group file, if your system is configured to retrieve its group information from e.g. NIS or LDAP it may not necessarily reflect all the groups present, just the local ones.


Assuming you have a working Rakudo Perl 6 installation you should be able to install this with panda :

# From the source directory

panda install .

# Remote installation

panda install User::Groups

This should work equally well with zef but I may not have tested it.


Suggestions/patches are welcomed via github at:


This is free software.

Please see the LICENCE file in the distribution

© Jonathan Stowe 2015, 2016, 2017