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 nistbladm(1)							nistbladm(1)

      nistbladm - NIS+ table administration command

      nistbladm -a|-A [ -D defaults ] colname=value ...

      nistbladm -a|-A [ -D defaults ] indexedname

      nistbladm -c [ -D defaults ] [ -p path ] [ -s sep ] type
	   colname=[flags][,access] ...	 tablename

      nistbladm -d tablename

      nistbladm -e|-E colname=value ...	 indexedname

      nistbladm -m colname=value ...  indexedname

      nistbladm -r|-R [ colname=value ...  ] tablename

      nistbladm -r|-R indexedname

      nistbladm -u [ -p path ] [ -s sep ] [ -t type ]
	   [ colname=access ...	 ] tablename

      The nistbladm command is used to administer NIS+ tables.	There are
      five primary operations that it performs: creating and deleting
      tables, adding entries to, modifying entries within, and removing
      entries from tables.

      Though NIS+ does not place restrictions on the size of tables or
      entries, the size of data has an impact on the performance and the
      disk space requirements of the NIS+ server.  NIS+ is not designed to
      store huge pieces of data, such as files; instead pointers to files
      should be stored in NIS+.

      NIS+ design is optimized to support 10,000 objects with a total size
      of 10M bytes.  If the requirements exceed the above, it is suggested
      that a domain hierarchy be created, or the data stored in the tables
      be pointers to the actual data, instead of the data itself.

      When creating tables, a table type, type, and a list of column
      definitions must be provided.

      type is a string that is stored in the table and later used by the
      service to verify that entries being added to it are of the correct

      Syntax for column definitions is:

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      flags is a combination of:

	   S	   Searchable. Specifies that searches can be done on the
		   column's values (see nismatch(1)).
	   I	   Case-insensitive (only makes sense in combination with
		   S).	Specifies that searches should ignore case.
	   C	   Crypt.  Specifies that the column's values should be
	   B	   Binary data (does not make sense in combination with S).
		   If not set, the column's values are expected to be null
		   terminated ASCII strings.
	   X	   XDR encoded data (only makes sense in combination with

      access is specified in the format as defined by the nischmod(1)

      When manipulating entries, this command takes two forms of entry name.
      The first uses a series of space separated colname=value pairs that
      specify column values in the entry.  The second is an NIS+ indexed
      name, indexedname, of the form:

	   [ colname=value, ... ],tablename

	   -a | A	  Add entries to a NIS+ table.	The difference
			  between the lowercase `a' and the uppercase `A' is
			  in the treatment of preexisting entries.  The
			  entry's contents are specified by the column=value
			  pairs on the command line.  Note:  Values for all
			  columns must be specified when adding entries to a

			  Normally, NIS+ reports an error if an attempt is
			  made to add an entry to a table that would
			  overwrite an entry that already exists.  This
			  prevents multiple parties from adding duplicate
			  entries and having one of them get overwritten.
			  If you wish to force the add, the uppercase `A'
			  specifies that the entry is to be added, even if
			  it already exists.  This is analogous to a modify
			  operation on the entry.

	   -c		  Create a table named tablename in the namespace.
			  The table that is created must have at least one
			  column and at least one column must be searchable.

	   -d tablename	  Destroy the table named tablename.  The table that
			  is being destroyed must be empty.  The table's

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			  contents can be deleted with the -R option below.

	   -e|E		  Edit the entry in the table that is specified by
			  indexdname.  indexdname must uniquely identify a
			  single entry.	 It is possible to edit the value in
			  a column that would change the indexed name of an

			  The change (colname=value) may affect other
			  entries in the table if the change results in an
			  entry whose indexed name is different from
			  indexedname and which matches that of another
			  existing entry.  In this case, the -e option will
			  fail and an error will be reported.  The -E option
			  will force the replacement of the existing entry
			  by the new entry (effectively removing two old
			  entries and adding a new one).

	   -m		  Modify an entry in the table that is specified by
			  indexedname.	Note:  Since it is possible to
			  modify the value in a column that would change the
			  indexed name for an entry, both the column value
			  pair and the indexed name are required. It uses
			  the indexed name to look up the entry, modify it,
			  and write it back with the new value.	 The indexed
			  name must uniquely identify a single entry.

	   -r|R		  Remove entries from a table. The entry is
			  specified by either a series of column=value pairs
			  on the command line, or an indexed name that is
			  specified as entryname.  The difference between
			  the interpretation of the lowercase r versus the
			  uppercase R is in the treatment of non-unique
			  entry specifications.	 Normally the NIS+ server
			  will disallow an attempt to remove an entry when
			  the search criterion specified for that entry
			  resolves to more than one entry in the table.
			  However, it is sometimes desirable to remove more
			  than one entry, as when you are attempting to
			  remove all of the entries from a table.  In this
			  case, using the uppercase R will force the NIS+
			  server to remove all entries matching the passed
			  search criterion.  If that criterion is null and
			  no column values specified, then all entries in
			  the table will be removed.

	   -u		  Update attributes of a table.	 This allows the
			  concatenation path (-p), separation character
			  (specified with the (-s)), column access rights,
			  and table type string (-t) of a table to be
			  changed.  Neither the number of columns, nor the

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			  columns that are searchable may be changed.

	   -D defaults	  When creating objects, this option specifies a
			  different set of defaults to be used during this
			  operation.  The defaults string is a series of
			  tokens separated by colons.  These tokens
			  represent the default values to be used for the
			  generic object properties.  All of the legal
			  tokens are described below.

			  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 12 hours.

				    This token specifies that the NIS+
				    principal ownername should own the
				    created object.  Normally this value is
				    the same as the principal who is
				    executing the command.

				    This token specifies that the group
				    groupname should be the group owner for
				    the object that is created. The default
				    value is NULL.

				    This token specifies the set of access
				    rights 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 ----rmcdr---r---.

	   -p path	  When creating or updating a table, this option
			  specifies the table's search path. When an
			  nis_list() function is invoked, the user can
			  specify the flag FOLLOW_PATH to tell the client
			  library to continue searching tables in the
			  table's path if the search criteria used does not
			  yield any entries. The path consists of an ordered
			  list of table names, separated by colons.  The
			  names in the path must be fully qualified.

	   -s sep	  When creating or updating a table, this option
			  specifies the table's separator character.  The
			  separator character is used by niscat(1) when
			  displaying tables on the standard output.  Its

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			  purpose is to separate column data when the table
			  is in ASCII form.  The default value is a space.

	   -t type	  When updating a table, this option specifies the
			  table's type string.

      This example returns 0 on success and 1 on failure.

      Create a table named hobbies in the directory foo.com.  of the type
      hobby_tbl with two searchable columns, name and hobby:

	   nistbladm -c hobby_tbl name=S,a+r,o+m hobby=S,a+r

      The column name has read access for all (that is, owner, group, and
      world) and modify access for only the owner.  The column hobby is
      readable by all, but not modifiable by anyone.

      In this example, if the access rights had not been specified, the
      tables access rights would have come from either the standard defaults
      or the NIS_DEFAULTS variable (see below).

      Add entries to this table:

	   nistbladm -a name=bob hobby=skiing hobbies.foo.com.
	   nistbladm -a name=sue hobby=skiing hobbies.foo.com.
	   nistbladm -a name=ted hobby=swimming hobbies.foo.com.

      Add the concatenation path:

	   nistbladm -u -p hobbies.bar.com.:hobbies.baz.com. hobbies

      Delete the skiers from our list:

	   nistbladm -R hobby=skiing hobbies.foo.com.

      Note:  The use of the -r option would fail because there are two
      entries with the value of skiing.

      To create a table with a column that is named with no flags set, you
      supply only the name and the equal sign (=) as follows:

	   nistbladm -c notes_tbl name=S,a+r,o+m note=	notes.foo.com.

      This example created a table, named notes.foo.com.,oftype notes_tbl
      with two columns name and note.  The note column is not searchable.

      When entering data for columns in the form of a value string, it is
      essential that terminal characters be protected by single or double

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      quotes. These are the characters equals (=), comma (,), left bracket
      ([), right bracket (]), and space ( ).  These characters are parsed by
      NIS+ within an indexed name.  These characters are protected by
      enclosing the entire value in double quote (") characters as follows:

	   nistbladm -a fullname="Joe User" nickname=Joe nicknames

      If there is any doubt about how the string will be parsed, it is
      better to enclose it in quotes.

      To modify one of the entries, say, for example, from bob to robert:

	   nistbladm -m name=robert [name=bob],hobbies

      Note that [name=bob],hobbies is an indexed name, and that the
      characters `[' (open bracket) and `]' (close bracket) are interpreted
      by the shell.  When typing entry names in the form of NIS+ indexed
      names, the name must be protected by using single quotes.

      It is possible to specify a set of defaults such that you cannot read
      or modify the table object later.

    Environment Variables
      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 standard defaults.

      NIS_PATH		If this variable is set and the NIS+ table name is
			not fully qualified, each directory specified will
			be searched until the table is found (see

      nistbladm was developed by Sun Microsystems, Inc.

      nis+(1), niscat(1), nischmod(1), nischown(1), nisdefaults(1),
      nismatch(1), nissetup(1M).

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