What is 'user' in /etc/nsswitch.conf file ?

I see below entry in nsswitch.conf file, Could someone tell me what is 'user' data type? Thanks!
bash-3.00# grep user /etc/nsswitch.conf
printers:       user files

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omarfaridConnect With a Mentor Commented:
What I could understand from the links provided below, is that this is an entry that is valid only for printers in /etc/nsswitch.conf file and has to do with print client to get info about printers. Please see the link below for the nsswitch.conf file:


Lines below quoted from the man page:

user       Valid only for printers; implements support for ${HOME}/.printers.


    user files nis nisplus xfn

The link below talks about printing on solaris and describe printers entry in /etc/nsswitch.conf


please read the section "What Is a Print Client?" in the link above

joules17Connect With a Mentor Commented:
user Specifies that printer information be obtained from the ${HOME}/.printers file
beer9Author Commented:
Thank you :-)
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