nismkdir(1) User Commands nismkdir(1)
nismkdir - create NIS+ directories
nismkdir [-D defaults] [-m hostname] [-s hostname] dirname
The nismkdir command creates new NIS+ subdirectories within an existing
domain. It can also be used to create replicated directories. Without
options, this command will create a subdirectory with the same master
and the replicas as its parent directory.
It is advisable to use nisserver(1M) to create an NIS+ domain which
consists of the specified directory along with the org_dir and
The two primary aspects that are controlled when making a directory are
its access rights, and its degree of replication.
A host that serves a NIS+ directory must be a NIS+ client in a direc-
tory above the one it is serving. The exceptions to this rule are the
root NIS+ servers, which are both clients and servers of the same NIS+
When the host's default domain is different from the default domain on
the client where the command is executed, the hostname supplied as an
argument to the -s or -m options must be fully qualified.
Special per-server and per-directory access restrictions may apply when
this command updates the serving lists of the affected NIS+ servers.
The following options are supported:
-D defaults Specify a different set of defaults to be used when
creating new directories. The defaults string is a
series of tokens separated by colons. These tokens rep-
resent the default values to be used for the generic
object properties. All of the legal tokens are
ttl=time This token sets the default
time to live for objects that
are created by this command.
The value time is specified in
the format as defined by the
nischttl (1) command. The
default value is 12h (12
owner=ownername This token specifies that the
NIS+ principal ownername should
own the created object. The
default for this value is the
principal who is executing the
group=groupname This token specifies that the
group groupname should be the
group owner for the object that
is created. The default value
access=rights This token specifies the set of
access rights that are to be
granted for the given object.
The value rights is specified
in the format as defined by the
nischmod(1) command. The
default value is
-m hostname If the directory named by dirname does not exist, then
a new directory that is not replicated is created with
host hostname as its master server.
If the directory name by dirname does exist, then the
host named by hostname is made its master server.
-s hostname Specify that the host hostname will be a replica for
an existing directory named dirname.
The following operand is supported:
dirname The fully qualified NIS+ name of the directory that has
to be created.
Example 1: Using the nismkdir Command
To create a new directory bar under the foo.com. domain that shares
the same master and replicas as the foo.com. directory one would use
example% nismkdir bar.foo.com.
To create a new directory bar.foo.com. that is not replicated under
the foo.com. domain one would use the command:
example% nismkdir -m myhost.foo.com. bar.foo.com.
To add a replica server of the bar.foo.com. directory, one would use
example% nismkdir -s replica.foo.com. bar.foo.com.
NIS_DEFAULTS This variable contains a defaults
string that will override the NIS+
standard defaults. If the -D switch is
used those values will then override
both the NIS_DEFAULTS variable and the
NIS_PATH If this variable is set, and the NIS+
directory name is not fully qualified,
each directory specified will be
searched until the directory is found
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), nischmod(1), nischttl(1), nisdefaults(1), nisls(1), nisopac-
cess(1), nisrmdir(1), nisserver(1M), 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,
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