How to find the username associated with a given UID

In Unix based systems, obviously…

I was curious one day to find where do some of the queued e-mail messages on a server originate from and since qmail only outputs something like “qmail x invoked by uid y” (where x and y are numbers obviously) I had to find out which user corresponds to y. After fiddling for a while without getting anywhere I resorted to asking around. And as usual the answer came quick from a good friend:

grep y /etc/passwd

Hmmm. Magic!

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