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 nis+(1)                                                             nis+(1)

 NAME    [Toc]    [Back]
      nis+, NIS+, nis - a new version of the network information name

 DESCRIPTION    [Toc]    [Back]
      NIS+ is a new version of the network information name service.  This
      version differs in several significant ways from version 2, which is
      referred to as NIS or YP in earlier releases.  Specific areas of
      enhancement include the ability to scale to larger networks, security,
      and the administration of the service.

      The man pages for NIS+ are broken up into three basic categories.
      Those in section 1 are the user commands that are most often executed
      from a shell script or directly from the command line.  Section 1M man
      pages describe utility commands that can be used by the network
      administrator to administer the service itself.  The NIS+ programming
      API is described by man pages in section 3N.

      All commands and functions that use NIS version 2 are prefixed by the
      letters yp as in ypmatch(1), ypcat(1), yp_match(3C), and yp_first(3C).
      Commands and functions that use the new replacement software NIS+ are
      prefixed by the letters nis as in nismatch(1), nischown(1),
      nis_list(3N), and nis_add_entry(3N).  A complete list of NIS+ commands
      is in the LIST OF COMMANDS section.

      This man page introduces the NIS+ terminology.  It also describes the
      NIS+ namespace, authentication, and authorization policies.

      The naming model of NIS+ is based upon a tree structure.  Each node in
      the tree corresponds to an NIS+ object.  There are six types of NIS+
      objects: directory, table, group, link, entry, and private.

    NIS+ Directory Object
      Each NIS+ namespace will have at least one NIS+ directory object.  An
      NIS+ directory is like a UNIX file system directory which contains
      other NIS+ objects including NIS+ directories.  The NIS+ directory
      that forms the root of the NIS+ namespace is called the root
      directory.  There are two special NIS+ directories: org_dir and
      groups_dir.  The org_dir directory consists of all the system-wide
      administration tables, such as passwd, hosts, and mail_aliases.  The
      groups_dir directory consists of NIS+ group objects which are used for
      access control.  The collection of org_dir, groups_dir and their
      parent directory is referred to as an NIS+ domain.  NIS+ directories
      can be arranged in a tree-like structure so that the NIS+ namespace
      can match the organizational or administrative hierarchy.

    NIS+ Table Object
      NIS+ tables (not files), contained within NIS+ directories, store the
      actual information about some particular type.  For example, the hosts
      system table stores information about the IP address of the hosts in

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 nis+(1)                                                             nis+(1)

      that domain.  NIS+ tables are multicolumn and the tables can be
      searched through any of the searchable columns.  Each table object
      defines the schema for its table.  The NIS+ tables consist of NIS+
      entry objects.  For each entry in the NIS+ table, there is an NIS+
      entry object.  NIS+ entry objects conform to the schema defined by the
      NIS+ table object.

    NIS+ Group Object
      NIS+ group objects are used for access control at group granularity.
      NIS+ group objects, contained within the groups_dir directory of a
      domain, contain a list of all the NIS+ principals within a certain
      NIS+ group.  An NIS+ principal is a user or a machine making NIS+

    NIS+ Link Object
      NIS+ link objects are like UNIX symbolic file-system links-they are
      typically used for shortcuts in the NIS+ namespace.

      Refer to nis_objects(3N) for more information about the NIS+ objects.

      The NIS+ service defines two forms of names, simple names and indexed
      names. Simple names are used by the service to identify NIS+ objects
      contained within the NIS+ namespace.  Indexed names are used to
      identify NIS+ entries contained within NIS+ tables.  Furthermore,
      entries within NIS+ tables are returned to the caller as NIS+ objects
      of type entry.  NIS+ objects are implemented as a union structure
      which is described in the file <rpcsvc/nis_object.h>.  The differences
      between the various types and the meanings of the components of these
      objects are described in nis_objects(3N).

    Simple Names    [Toc]    [Back]
      Simple names consist of a series of labels that are separated by the
      `.'(dot) character.  Each label is composed of printable characters
      from the ISO Latin 1 set.  Each label can be of any nonzero length,
      provided that the fully qualified name is fewer than NIS_MAXNAMELEN
      octets including the separating dots. (See <rpcsvc/nis.h> for the
      actual value of NIS_MAXNAMELEN in the current release.) Labels that
      contain special characters (see Grammar) must be quoted.

      The NIS+ namespace is organized as a singly rooted tree.  Simple names
      identify nodes within this tree.  These names are constructed such
      that the leftmost label in a name identifies the leaf node and all of
      the labels to the right of the leaf identify that object's parent
      node. The parent node is referred to as the leaf's directory.  This is
      a naming directory and should not be confused with a file system

      For example, the name example.simple.name. is a simple name with three
      labels, where example is the leaf node in this name, the directory of
      this leaf is simple.name. which by itself is a simple name. The leaf

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 nis+(1)                                                             nis+(1)

      of which is simple and its directory is simply name.

      The function nis_leaf_of(3N) returns the first label of a simple name.
      The function nis_domain_of(3N) returns the name of the directory that
      contains the leaf.  Iterative use of these two functions can break a
      simple name into each of its label components.

      The name `.' (dot) is reserved to name the global root of the
      namespace.  For systems that are connected to the Internet, this
      global root will be served by a Domain Name Service.  When an NIS+
      server is serving a root directory whose name is not `.'(dot), this
      directory is referred to as a local root.

      NIS+ names are said to be fully qualified when the name includes all
      of the labels identifying all of the directories, up to the global
      root. Names without the trailing dot are called partially qualified.

    Indexed Names    [Toc]    [Back]
      Indexed names are compound names that are composed of a search
      criterion and a simple name.  The search criterion component is used
      to select entries from a table; the simple name component is used to
      identify the NIS+ table that is to be searched. The search criterion
      is a series of column names and their desired values enclosed in
      bracket `[]' characters. These criteria take the following form:

           [column_name=value, column_name=value, ... ]

      A search criterion is combined with a simple name to form an indexed
      name by concatenating the two parts, separated by a `,'(comma)
      character as follows.

           [ search-criterion ],table.directory.

      When multiple column name/value pairs are present in the search
      criterion, only those entries in the table that have the appropriate
      value in all columns specified are returned. When no column name/value
      pairs are specified in the search criterion, [], all entries in the
      table are returned.

    Grammar    [Toc]    [Back]
      The following text represents a context-free grammar that defines the
      set of legal NIS+ names.  The terminals in this grammar are the
      characters `.' (dot), `[' (open bracket), `]' (close bracket), `,'
      (comma), `=' (equals) and whitespace. Angle brackets (`<' and `>'),
      which delineate non-terminals, are not part of the grammar. The
      character `|' (vertical bar) is used to separate alternate productions
      and should be read as ``this production OR this production''.

      name               ::=   . | <simple name> | <indexed name>
      simple name        ::=   <string>. | <string>.<simple name>
      indexed name       ::=   <search criterion>,<simple name>

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      search criterion   ::=   [ <attribute list> ]
      attribute list     ::=   <attribute> | <attribute>,<attribute list>
      attribute          ::=   <string> = <string>
      string             ::=   ISO Latin 1 character set except the
                               character '/' (slash). The initial character
                               may not be a terminal character or the
                               characters '@' (at), '+' (plus), or (`-')

      Terminals that appear in strings must be quoted with `"' (double
      quote).  The `"' character may be quoted by quoting it with itself

    Name Expansion    [Toc]    [Back]
      The NIS+ service only accepts fully qualified names.  However, since
      such names may be unwieldy, the NIS+ commands in section 1 employ a
      set of standard expansion rules that will attempt to fully qualify a
      partially qualified name.  This expansion is actually done by the NIS+
      library function nis_getnames(3N) which generates a list of names
      using the default NIS+ directory search path or the NIS_PATH
      environment variable.  The default NIS+ directory search path includes
      all the names in its path.  nis_getnames() is invoked by the functions
      nis_lookup(3N) and nis_list(3N) when the EXPAND_NAME flag is used.

      The NIS_PATH environment variable contains an ordered list of simple
      names.  The names are separated by the  `:' (colon) character.  If any
      name in the list contains colons, the colon should be quoted as
      described in the Grammar section.  When the list is exhausted, the
      resolution function returns the error NIS_NOTFOUND.  This may mask the
      fact that the name existed but a server for it was unreachable.  If
      the name presented to the list or lookup interface is fully qualified,
      the EXPAND_NAME flag is ignored.

      In the list of names from the NIS_PATH environment variable, the '$'
      (dollar sign) character is treated specially.  Simple names that end
      with the label '$' have this character replaced by the default
      directory (see nis_local_directory(3N)).  Using "$" as a name in this
      list results in this name being replaced by the list of directories
      between the default directory and the global root that contain at
      least two labels.

      Below is an example of this expansion.  Given the default directory of
      some.long.domain.name., and the NIS_PATH variable set to
      fred.bar.:org_dir.$:$.  This path is initially broken up into the

           1   fred.bar.

           2   org_dir.$

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           3   $

      The dollar sign in the second component is replaced by the default
      directory.  The dollar sign in the third component is replaced with
      the names of the directories between the default directory and the
      global root that have at least two labels in them.  The effective path
      value becomes:

           1   fred.bar.

           2a  org_dir.some.long.domain.name.

           3a  some.long.domain.name.

           3b  long.domain.name.

           3c  domain.name.

      Each of these simple names is appended to the partially qualified name
      that was passed to the nis_lookup(3N) or nis_list(3N) interface.  Each
      is tried in turn until NIS_SUCCESS is returned or the list is

      If the NIS_PATH variable is not set, the path ``$'' is used.

      The library function nis_getnames(3N) can be called from user programs
      to generate the list of names that would be attempted. The program
      nisdefaults(1) with the -s option can also be used to show the fully
      expanded path.

    Concatenation Path    [Toc]    [Back]
      Normally all the entries for a certain type of information are stored
      within the table itself.  However, there are times when it is
      desirable for the table to point to other tables where entries can be
      found.  For example, you may want to store all the IP addresses in the
      host table for their own domain, and yet want to be able to resolve
      hosts in some other domain without explicitly specifying the new
      domain name.  NIS+ provides a mechanism for concatenating different
      but related tables with an "NIS+ Concatenation Path".  With a
      concatenation path, you can create a sort of flat namespace from a
      hierarchical structure.  You can also create a table with no entries
      and just point the hosts or any other table to its parent domain.
      Note that with such a setup, you are moving the administrative burden
      of managing the tables to the parent domain.  The concatenation path
      will slow down the request response time because more tables and more
      servers are searched.  It will also decrease the availability if all
      the servers are incapacitated for a particular directory in the table

      The NIS+ Concatenation Path is also referred to as the "table path".
      This path is set up at table creation time through nistbladm(1).  You

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 nis+(1)                                                             nis+(1)

      can specify more than one table to be concatenated and they will be
      searched in the given order.  Note that the NIS+ client libraries, by
      default, will not follow the concatenation path set in site-specific
      tables.  Refer to nis_list(3N) for more details.

    Namespaces    [Toc]    [Back]
      The NIS+ service defines two additional disjoint namespaces for its
      own use.  These namespaces are the NIS+ Principal namespace, and the
      NIS+ Group namespace.  The names associated with the group and
      principal namespaces are syntactically identical to simple names.
      However, the information they represent cannot be obtained by directly
      presenting these names to the NIS+ interfaces.  Instead, special
      interfaces are defined to map these names into NIS+ names so that they
      may then be resolved.

    Principal Names    [Toc]    [Back]
      NIS+ principal names are used to uniquely identify users and machines
      that are making NIS+ requests.  These names have the form:


      Here domain is the fully qualified name of an NIS+ directory where the
      named principal's credentials can be found.  See Directories and
      Domains for more information on domains.  Note that in this name,
      principal, is not a leaf in the NIS+ namespace.

      Credentials are used to map the identity of a host or user from one
      context such as a process UID into the NIS+ context.  They are stored
      as records in an NIS+ table named cred, which always appears in the
      org_dir subdirectory of the directory named in the principal name.

      This mapping can be expressed as a replacement function:

           principal.domain ->[cname=principal.domain ],cred.org_dir.domain

      This latter name is an NIS+ name that can be presented to the
      nis_list(3N) interface for resolution.  NIS+ principal names are
      administered using the nisaddcred(1M) command.

      The cred table contains five columns named cname, auth_name,
      auth_type, public_data, and private_data.  There is one record in this
      table for each identity mapping for an NIS+ principal.  The current
      service supports two such mappings:

      LOCAL    This mapping is used to map from the UID of a given process
               to the NIS+ principal name associated with that UID.  If no
               mapping exists, the name nobody is returned.  When the
               effective UID of the process is 0 (for example, the superuser),
 the NIS+ name associated with the host is returned.
               Note that UIDs are sensitive to the context of the machine on
               which the process is executing.

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 nis+(1)                                                             nis+(1)

      DES      This mapping is used to map to and from a Secure RPC
               ``netname'' into an NIS+ principal name. See secure_rpc(3N)
               for more information on netnames. Note that since netnames
               contain the notion of a domain, they span NIS+ directories.

      The NIS+ client library function nis_local_principal(3N) uses the
      cred.org_dir table to map the UNIX notion of an identity, a process'
      UID, into an NIS+ principal name.  Shell programs can use the program
      nisdefaults(1) with the -p switch to return this information.

      Mapping from UIDs to an NIS+ principal name is accomplished by
      constructing a query of the form:

           [auth_type=LOCAL, auth_name=uid],cred.org_dir.default-domain.

      This query will return a record containing the NIS+ principal name
      associated with this UID in the machine's default domain.

      The NIS+ service uses the DES mapping to map the names associated with
      Secure RPC requests into NIS+ principal names.  RPC requests that use
      Secure RPC include the netname of the client making the request in the
      RPC header. This netname has the form:


      The service constructs a query using this name of the form:

           [auth_type=DES, auth_name=netname],cred.org_dir.domain.

      where the domain part is extracted from the netname rather than using
      the default domain. This query is used to look up the mapping of this
      netname into an NIS+ principal name in the domain where it was

      This mechanism of mapping UID and netnames into an NIS+ principal name
      guarantees that a client of the NIS+ service has only one principal
      name. This principal name is used as the basis for authorization which
      is described below.  All objects in the NIS+ namespace and all entries
      in NIS+ tables must have an owner specified for them. This owner field
      always contains an NIS+ principal name.

    Group Names    [Toc]    [Back]
      Like NIS+ principal names, NIS+ group names take the form:


      All objects in the NIS+ namespace and all entries in NIS+ tables may
      optionally have a group owner specified for them. This group owner
      field, when filled in, always contains the fully qualified NIS+ group

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 nis+(1)                                                             nis+(1)

      The NIS+ client library defines several interfaces ( nis_groups(3N))
      for dealing with NIS+ groups.  These interfaces internally map NIS+
      group names into an NIS+ simple name which identifies the NIS+ group
      object associated with that group name. This mapping can be shown as

           group.domain -> group.groups_dir.domain

      This mapping eliminates collisions between NIS+ group names and NIS+
      directory names.  For example, without this mapping, a directory with
      the name engineering.foo.com., would make it impossible to have a
      group named engineering.foo.com..  This is due to the restriction that
      within the NIS+ namespace, a name unambiguously identifies a single
      object.  With this mapping, the NIS+ group name engineering.foo.com.
      maps to the NIS+ object name engineering.groups_dir.foo.com.

      The contents of a group object is a list of NIS+ principal names and
      the names of other NIS+ groups. See nis_groups(3N) for a more complete
      description of their use.

      NIS+ defines a security model to control access to information managed
      by the service. The service defines access rights that are selectively
      granted to individual clients or groups of clients.  Principal names
      and group names are used to define clients and groups of clients that
      may be granted or denied access to NIS+ information.  These principals
      and groups are associated with NIS+ domains as defined below.

      The security model also uses the notion of a class of principals
      called nobody, which contains all clients, whether or not they have
      authenticated themselves to the service.  The class world includes any
      client who has been authenticated.

    Directories and Domains    [Toc]    [Back]
      Some directories within the NIS+ namespace are referred to as NIS+
      Domains.  Domains are those NIS+ directories that contain the
      subdirectories groups_dir and org_dir.  Further, the subdirectory
      org_dir should contain the table named cred.  NIS+ Group names and
      NIS+ Principal names always include the NIS+ domain name after their
      first label.

    Authentication    [Toc]    [Back]
      The NIS+ name service uses Secure RPC for the integrity of the NIS+
      service.  This requires that users of the service and their machines
      must have a Secure RPC key pair associated with them.  This key is
      initially generated with either the nisaddcred(1M) or nisclient(1M)
      commands and modified with the chkey(1) or nispasswd(1) commands.

      The use of Secure RPC allows private information to be stored in the
      name service that will not be available to untrusted machines or users
      on the network.

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      In addition to the Secure RPC key, users need a mapping of their UID
      into an NIS+ principal name.  This mapping is created by the system
      administrator using the nisclient(1M) or nisaddcred(1M) command.

      Users that will be using machines in several NIS+ domains must insure
      that they have a local credential entry in each of those domains.
      This credential should be created with the NIS+ principal name of the
      user in their ``home'' domain.  For the purposes of NIS+ and Secure
      RPC, the home domain is defined to be the one where your Secure RPC
      key pair is located.

    Authorization    [Toc]    [Back]
      The NIS+ service defines four access rights that can be granted or
      denied to clients of the service.  These rights are read, modify,
      create, and destroy.  These rights are specified in the object
      structure at creation time and may be modified later with the
      nischmod(1) command.  In general, the rights granted for an object
      apply only to that object. However, for purposes of authorization,
      rights granted to clients reading directory and table objects are
      granted to those clients for all of the objects ``contained'' by the
      parent object.  This notion of containment is abstract.  The objects
      do not actually contain other objects within them. Note that group
      objects do contain the list of principals within their definition.

      Access rights are interpreted as follows:

      read        This right grants read access to an object. For directory
                  and table objects, having read access on the parent object
                  conveys read access to all of the objects that are direct
                  children of a directory, or entries within a table.

      modify      This right grants modification access to an existing
                  object.  Read access is not required for modification.
                  However, in many applications, one will need to read an
                  object before modifying it. Such modify operations will
                  fail unless read access is also granted.

      create      This right gives a client permission to create new objects
                  where one had not previously existed. It is only used in
                  conjunction with directory and table objects. Having
                  create access for a table allows a client to add
                  additional entries to the table. Having create access for
                  a directory allows a client to add new objects to an NIS+

      destroy     This right gives a client permission to destroy or remove
                  an existing object or entry. When a client attempts to
                  destroy an entry or object by removing it, the service
                  first checks to see if the table or directory containing
                  that object grants the client destroy access. If it does,
                  the operation proceeds.  If the containing object does not

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                  grant this right then the object itself is checked to see
                  if it grants this right to the client. If the object
                  grants the right, then the operation proceeds; otherwise
                  the request is rejected.

      Each of these rights may be granted to any one of four different

      owner       A right may be granted to the owner of an object.  The
                  owner is the NIS+ principal identified in the owner field.
                  The owner can be changed with the nischown(1) command.
                  Note that if the owner does not have modification access
                  rights to the object, the owner cannot change any access
                  rights to the object, unless the owner has modification
                  access rights to its parent object.

      group owner A right may be granted to the group owner of an object.
                  This grants the right to any principal that is identified
                  as a member of the group associated with the object.  The
                  group owner may be changed with the nischgrp(1) command.
                  The object owner need not be a member of this group.

      world       A right may be granted to everyone in the world.  This
                  grants the right to all clients who have authenticated
                  themselves with the service.

      nobody      A right may be granted to the nobody principal.  This has
                  the effect of granting the right to any client that makes
                  a request of the service, regardless of whether they are
                  authenticated or not.

      Note that for bootstrapping reasons, directory objects that are NIS+
      domains, the org_dir subdirectory and the cred table within that
      subdirectory must have read access to the nobody principal.  This
      makes navigation of the namespace possible when a client is in the
      process of locating its credentials.  Granting this access does not
      allow the contents of other tables within org_dir to be read (such as
      the entries in the password table) unless the table itself gives
      "read" access rights to the nobody principal.

    Directory Authorization    [Toc]    [Back]
      Additional capabilities are provided for granting access rights to
      clients for directories.  These rights are contained within the object
      access rights (OAR) structure of the directory.  This structure allows
      the NIS+ service to grant rights that are not granted by the directory
      object to be granted for objects contained by the directory of a
      specific type.

      An example of this capability is a directory object which does not
      grant create access to all clients, but does grant create access in
      the OAR structure for group type objects to clients who are members of

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      the NIS+ group associated with the directory.  In this example the
      only objects that could be created as children of the directory would
      have to be of the type group.

      Another example is a directory object that grants create access only
      to the owner of the directory, and then additionally grants create
      access through the OAR structure for objects of type table, link,
      group, and private to any member of the directory's group.  This has
      the effect of giving nearly complete create access to the group with
      the exception of creating subdirectories.  This restricts the creation
      of new NIS+ domains because creating a domain requires creating both a
      groups_dir and org_dir subdirectory.

      Note that there is currently no command line interface to set or
      change the OAR of the directory object.

    Table Authorization    [Toc]    [Back]
      As with directories, additional capabilities are provided for granting
      access to entries within tables. Rights granted to a client by the
      access rights field in a table object apply to the table object and
      all of the entry objects ``contained'' by that table. If an access
      right is not granted by the table object, it may be granted by an
      entry within the table. This holds for all rights except create.

      For example, a table may not grant read access to a client performing
      a nis_list(3N) operation on the table. However, the access rights
      field of entries within that table may grant read access to the
      client. Note that access rights in an entry are granted to the owner
      and group owner of the entry and not the owner or group of the table.
      When the list operation is performed, all entries that the client has
      read access to are returned.  Those entries that do not grant read
      access are not returned.  If none of the entries that match the search
      criterion grant read access to the client making the request, no
      entries are returned and the result status contains the NIS_NOTFOUND
      error code.

      Access rights that are granted by the rights field in an entry are
      granted for the entire entry. However, in the table object an
      additional set of access rights is maintained for each column in the
      table.  These rights apply to the equivalent column in the entry.  The
      rights are used to grant access when neither the table nor the entry
      itself grant access.  The access rights in a column specification
      apply to the owner and group owner of the entry rather than the owner
      and group owner of the table object.

      When a read operation is performed, if read access is not granted by
      the table and is not granted by the entry but is granted by the access
      rights in a column, that entry is returned with the correct values in
      all columns that are readable and the string *NP* (No Permission) in
      columns where read access is not granted.

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      As an example, consider a client that has performed a list operation
      on a table that does not grant read access to that client.  Each entry
      object that satisfied the search criterion specified by the client is
      examined to see if it grants read access to the client.  If it does,
      it is included in the returned result.  If it does not, then each
      column is checked to see if it grants read access to the client.  If
      any columns grant read access to the client, data in those columns is
      returned.  Columns that do not grant read access have their contents
      replaced by the string *NP*.  If none of the columns grant read
      access, then the entry is not returned.

 LIST OF COMMANDS    [Toc]    [Back]
      The following lists all commands and programming functions related to

    NIS+ User Commands
      nisaddent(1)                  add /etc files and NIS maps into their
                                    corresponding NIS+ tables
      niscat(1)                     display NIS+ tables and objects
      nischgrp(1)                   change the group owner of a NIS+ object
      nischmod(1)                   change access rights on a NIS+ object
      nischown(1)                   change the owner of a NIS+ object
      nischttl(1)                   change the time to live value of a NIS+
      nisdefaults(1)                display NIS+ default values
      niserror(1)                   display NIS+ error messages
      nisgrep(1)                    utilities for searching NIS+ tables
      nisgrpadm(1)                  NIS+ group administration command
      nisln(1)                      symbolically link NIS+ objects
      nisls(1)                      list the contents of a NIS+ directory
      nismatch(1)                   utilities for searching NIS+ tables
      nismkdir(1)                   create NIS+ directories
      nispasswd(1)                  change NIS+ password information
      nisrm(1)                      remove NIS+ objects from the namespace
      nisrmdir(1)                   remove NIS+ directories
      nisshowcache(1M)              NIS+ utility to print out the contents
                                    of the shared cache file
      nistbladm(1)                  NIS+ table administration command
      nistest(1)                    return the state of the NIS+ namespace
                                    using a conditional expression

    NIS+ Administrative Commands
      nis_cachemgr(1M)              NIS+ utility to cache location
                                    information about NIS+ servers
      nisaddcred(1M)                create NIS+ credentials
      nisaddent(1M)                 create NIS+ tables from corresponding
                                    /etc files or NIS maps
      nisclient(1M)                 initialize NIS+ credentials for NIS+
      nisd(1M)                      NIS+ service daemon

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      nisd_resolv(1M)               NIS+ service daemon
      nisinit(1M)                   NIS+ client and server initialization
      nislog(1M)                    display the contents of the NIS+
                                    transaction log
      nisping(1M)                   send ping to NIS+ servers
      nispopulate(1M)               populate the NIS+ tables in a NIS+
      nisserver(1M)                 set up NIS+ servers
      nissetup(1M)                  initialize a NIS+ domain
      nisshowcache(1M)              NIS+ utility to print out the contents
                                    of the shared cache file
      nisstat(1M)                   report NIS+ server statistics
      nisupdkeys(1M)                update the public keys in a NIS+
                                    directory object
      rpc.nisd(1M)                  NIS+ service daemon
      rpc.nisd_resolv(1M)           NIS+ service daemon

    NIS+ Programming API
      _nis_map_group(3N)            NIS+ group manipulation functions
      db_add_entry(3N)              NIS+ Database access functions
      db_checkpoint(3N)             NIS+ Database access functions
      db_create_table(3N)           NIS+ Database access functions
      db_destroy_table(3N)          NIS+ Database access functions
      db_first_entry(3N)            NIS+ Database access functions
      db_free_result(3N)            NIS+ Database access functions
      db_initialize(3N)             NIS+ Database access functions
      db_list_entries(3N)           NIS+ Database access functions
      db_next_entry(3N)             NIS+ Database access functions
      db_remove_entry(3N)           NIS+ Database access functions
      db_reset_next_entry(3N)       NIS+ Database access functions
      db_standby(3N)                NIS+ Database access functions
      db_table_exists(3N)           NIS+ Database access functions
      db_unload_table(3N)           NIS+ Database access functions
      nis_add(3N)                   NIS+ namespace functions
      nis_add_entry(3N)             NIS+ table functions
      nis_addmember(3N)             NIS+ group manipulation functions
      nis_checkpoint(3N)            misc NIS+ log administration functions
      nis_clone_object(3N)          NIS+ subroutines
      nis_creategroup(3N)           NIS+ group manipulation functions
      nis_db(3N)                    NIS+ Database access functions
      nis_destroy_object(3N)        NIS+ subroutines
      nis_destroygroup(3N)          NIS+ group manipulation functions
      nis_dir_cmp(3N)               NIS+ subroutines
      nis_domain_of(3N)             NIS+ subroutines
      nis_error(3N)                 display NIS+ error messages
      nis_first_entry(3N)           NIS+ table functions
      nis_freenames(3N)             NIS+ subroutines
      nis_freeresult(3N)            NIS+ namespace functions
      nis_freeservlist(3N)          miscellaneous NIS+ functions

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      nis_freetags(3N)              miscellaneous NIS+ functions
      nis_getnames(3N)              NIS+ subroutines
      nis_getservlist(3N)           miscellaneous NIS+ functions
      nis_groups(3N)                NIS+ group manipulation functions
      nis_ismember(3N)              NIS+ group manipulation functions
      nis_leaf_of(3N)               NIS+ subroutines
      nis_lerror(3N)                display some NIS+ error messages
      nis_list(3N)                  NIS+ table functions
      nis_local_directory(3N)       NIS+ local names
      nis_local_group(3N)           NIS+ local names
      nis_local_host(3N)            NIS+ local names
      nis_local_names(3N)           NIS+ local names
      nis_local_principal(3N)       NIS+ local names
      nis_lookup(3N)                NIS+ namespace functions
      nis_map_group(3N)             NIS+ group manipulation functions
      nis_mkdir(3N)                 miscellaneous NIS+ functions
      nis_modify(3N)                NIS+ namespace functions
      nis_modify_entry(3N)          NIS+ table functions
      nis_name_of(3N)               NIS+ subroutines
      nis_names(3N)                 NIS+ namespace functions
      nis_next_entry(3N)            NIS+ table functions
      nis_objects(3N)               NIS+ object formats
      nis_perror(3N)                display NIS+ error messages
      nis_ping(3N)                  misc NIS+ log administration functions
      nis_print_group_entry(3N)     NIS+ group manipulation functions
      nis_print_object(3N)          NIS+ subroutines
      nis_remove(3N)                NIS+ namespace functions
      nis_remove_entry(3N)          NIS+ table functions
      nis_removemember(3N)          NIS+ group manipulation functions
      nis_rmdir(3N)                 miscellaneous NIS+ functions
      nis_server(3N)                miscellaneous NIS+ functions
      nis_servstate(3N)             miscellaneous NIS+ functions
      nis_sperrno(3N)               display NIS+ error messages
      nis_sperror(3N)               display NIS+ error messages
      nis_sperror_r(3N)             display NIS+ error messages
      nis_stats(3N)                 miscellaneous NIS+ functions
      nis_subr(3N)                  NIS+ subroutines
      nis_tables(3N)                NIS+ table functions
      nis_verifygroup(3N)           NIS+ group manipulation functions

    NIS+ Files and Directories
      nisfiles(4)                   NIS+ database files and directory

 WARNINGS    [Toc]    [Back]
      HP-UX 11i Version 2 is the last HP-UX release on which NIS+ is

      LDAP is the recommended replacement for NIS+.  HP fully supports the
      industry standard naming services based on LDAP.

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 AUTHOR    [Toc]    [Back]
      NIS+ was developed by Sun Microsystems, Inc.

 FILES    [Toc]    [Back]
      <rpcsvc/nis_object.h>           Protocol description of an NIS+
      <rpcsvc/nis.h>                  Defines the NIS+ protocol using the
                                      RPC language.  It should be included
                                      by all clients of the NIS+ service

 SEE ALSO    [Toc]    [Back]
      nischown(1), nisdefaults(1), nismatch(1), nispasswd(1), newkey(1M),
      nisaddcred(1M), nisclient(1M), nispopulate(1M), nisserver(1M),
      nis_add_entry(3N), nis_domain_of(3N), nis_getnames(3N),
      nis_groups(3N), nis_leaf_of(3N), nis_list(3N),
      nis_local_directory(3N), nis_lookup(3N), nis_objects(3N).

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