44.52. pg_shadow

The view pg_shadow exists for backwards compatibility: it emulates a catalog that existed in PostgreSQL before version 8.1. It shows properties of all roles that are marked as rolcanlogin.

The name stems from the fact that this table should not be readable by the public since it contains passwords. pg_user is a publicly readable view on pg_shadow that blanks out the password field.

Table 44-52. pg_shadow Columns

usenamenamepg_authid.rolnameUser name
usesysidoidpg_authid.oidID of this user
usecreatedbbool User can create databases
usesuperbool User is a superuser
usecatupdbool  User can update system catalogs. (Even a superuser cannot do this unless this column is true.)
passwdtext Password (possibly encrypted)
valuntilabstime Password expiry time (only used for password authentication)
useconfigtext[] Session defaults for run-time configuration variables