nisrmdir(1) User Commands nisrmdir(1)
nisrmdir - remove NIS+ directories
nisrmdir [-if] [-s hostname] dirname
nisrmdir deletes existing NIS+ subdirectories. It can remove a direc-
tory outright, or simply remove replicas from serving a directory.
This command modifies the object that describes the directory dirname,
and then notifies each replica to remove the directory named dirname.
If the notification of any of the affected replicas fails, the direc-
tory object is returned to its original state unless the -f option is
This command will fail if the NIS+ master server is not running.
The following options are supported:
-i Interactive mode. Like the system rm(1) command the
nisrmdir command will ask for confirmation prior to
removing a directory. If the name specified by dirname
is a non-fully qualified name this option is forced on.
This prevents the removal of unexpected directories.
-f Force the command to succeed even though it may not be
able to contact the affected replicas. This option
should be used when a replica is known to be down and
will not be able to respond to the removal notifica-
tion. When the replica is finally rebooted it will read
the updated directory object, note that it is no longer
a replica for that directory, and stop responding to
lookups on that directory. Cleanup of the files that
held the now removed directory can be accomplished man-
ually by removing the appropriate files in the /var/nis
directory. See nisfiles(4) for more information.
-s hostname Specify that the host hostname should be removed as a
replica for the directory named dirname. If this option
is not present all replicas and the master server for a
directory are removed and the directory is removed from
Special per-server and per-directory access restrictions may apply when
this command updates the serving lists of the affected NIS+ servers.
For more information, see nisopaccess(1).
The following operand is supported:
dirname An existing NIS+ directory.
Example 1: Using the nisrmdir Command
To remove a directory bar under the foo.com. domain, one would use
example% nisrmdir bar.foo.com.
To remove a replica that is serving directory bar.foo.com. one would
use the command:
example% nisrmdir -s replica.foo.com. bar.foo.com.
To force the removal of directory bar.foo.com. from the namespace, one
would use the command:
example% nisrmdir -f bar.foo.com.
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. 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), nisdefaults(1), nisopaccess(1),nisrm(1), nisfiles(4),
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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