Number of groups

Chuck Swiger cswiger at
Mon Jun 30 07:08:44 PDT 2003

Vitali Malicky wrote:
> I would like to make it unambiguously clear for me how many groups does
> FreeBSD support?

The header file suggests the number is large (around 4 billion):

typedef        u_int32_t       gid_t;          /* group id */

...but the traditional limit was 65000 or so (short/int16).


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