Java™ Platform
Standard Ed. 6

java.security.acl
Interface Group

All Superinterfaces:
Principal

public interface Group
extends Principal

This interface is used to represent a group of principals. (A principal represents an entity such as an individual user or a company).

Note that Group extends Principal. Thus, either a Principal or a Group can be passed as an argument to methods containing a Principal parameter. For example, you can add either a Principal or a Group to a Group object by calling the object's addMember method, passing it the Principal or Group.


Method Summary
 boolean addMember(Principal user)
          Adds the specified member to the group.
 boolean isMember(Principal member)
          Returns true if the passed principal is a member of the group.
 Enumeration<? extends Principal> members()
          Returns an enumeration of the members in the group.
 boolean removeMember(Principal user)
          Removes the specified member from the group.
 
Methods inherited from interface java.security.Principal
equals, getName, hashCode, toString
 

Method Detail

addMember

boolean addMember(Principal user)
Adds the specified member to the group.

Parameters:
user - the principal to add to this group.
Returns:
true if the member was successfully added, false if the principal was already a member.

removeMember

boolean removeMember(Principal user)
Removes the specified member from the group.

Parameters:
user - the principal to remove from this group.
Returns:
true if the principal was removed, or false if the principal was not a member.

isMember

boolean isMember(Principal member)
Returns true if the passed principal is a member of the group. This method does a recursive search, so if a principal belongs to a group which is a member of this group, true is returned.

Parameters:
member - the principal whose membership is to be checked.
Returns:
true if the principal is a member of this group, false otherwise.

members

Enumeration<? extends Principal> members()
Returns an enumeration of the members in the group. The returned objects can be instances of either Principal or Group (which is a subclass of Principal).

Returns:
an enumeration of the group members.

Java™ Platform
Standard Ed. 6

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