nischown(1) User Commands nischown(1)
nischown - change the owner of a NIS+ object
nischown [-AfLP] owner name...
nischown changes the owner of the NIS+ objects or entries specified by
name to owner. Entries are specified using indexed names (see nis-
match(1)). If owner is not a fully qualified NIS+ principal name (see
nisaddcred(1M)), the default domain (see nisdefaults(1)) will be
appended to it.
The only restriction on changing an object's owner is that you must
have modify permissions for the object. Note: If you are the current
owner of an object and you change ownership, you may not be able to
regain ownership unless you have modify access to the new object.
The command will fail if the master NIS+ server is not running.
The NIS+ server will check the validity of the name before making the
The following options are supported:
-A Modify all entries in all tables in the concatenation path
that match the search criteria specified in name. It implies
the -P option.
-f Force the operation and fail silently if it does not succeed.
-L Follow links and change the owner of the linked object or
entries rather than the owner of the link itself.
-P Follow the concatenation path within a named table. This
option is only meaningful when either name is an indexed name
or the -L option is also specified and the named object is a
link pointing to entries.
Example 1: Using the nischown Command
The following two examples show how to change the owner of an object to
a principal in a different domain, and to change it to a principal in
the local domain, respectively.
example% nischown bob.remote.domain. object
example% nischown skippy object
The next example shows how to change the owner of an entry in the
example% nischown bob.remote.domain. '[uid=99],passwd.org_dir'
This example shows how to change the object or entries pointed to by a
example% nischown -L skippy linkname
NIS_PATH If this variable is set, and the NIS+
name is not fully qualified, each
directory specified will be searched
until the object is found (see nisde-
The following exit values are returned:
0 Successful operation.
1 Operation failed.
See attributes(5) for descriptions of the following attributes:
tab() allbox; cw(2.750000i)| cw(2.750000i) lw(2.750000i)|
lw(2.750000i). ATTRIBUTE TYPEATTRIBUTE VALUE AvailabilitySUNWnisu
nis+(1), nischgrp(1), nischmod(1), nischttl(1), nisdefaults(1), nisadd-
cred(1M), nismatch(1), nis_objects(3NSL), attributes(5)
NIS+ might not be supported in future releases of the SolarisTM Operat-
ing Environment. Tools to aid the migration from NIS+ to LDAP are
available in the Solaris 9 operating environment. For more information,
SunOS 5.10 10 Dec 2001 nischown(1)