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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beer9Asked:
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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:

http://docs.sun.com/app/docs/doc/816-1058/6m7gjuj5a?a=view

Lines below quoted from the man page:

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

printers:

    user files nis nisplus xfn

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

http://docs.sun.com/app/docs/doc/805-7229/6j6q8svac?a=view

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

http://docs.huihoo.com/opensolaris/system-administration-guide-advanced-administration/html/ch01s03.html
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joules17Connect With a Mentor Commented:
user Specifies that printer information be obtained from the ${HOME}/.printers file
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beer9Author Commented:
Thank you :-)
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