niscat - display NIS+ tables and objects


     niscat [-AhLMv] [-s sep] tablename...

     niscat [-ALMP] -o name...


     In the first synopsis, niscat displays the contents  of  the
     NIS+  tables named by  tablename. In the second synopsis, it
     displays the internal representation  of  the  NIS+  objects
     named by name.

     Columns without values in the table  are  displayed  by  two
     adjacent separator characters.


     The following options are supported:

     -A    Displays the data within the table  and  all  of   the
           data  in  tables  in the initial table's concatenation

     -h    Displays the  header  line  prior  to  displaying  the
           table. The header consists of the `#' (hash) character
           followed by the name of each column. The column  names
           are separated by the table separator character.

     -L    Follows links.  When  this  option  is  specified,  if
           tablename  or  name names a LINK type object, the link
           is followed and the object or table named by the  link
           is displayed.

     -M    Master server only. This  option  specifies  that  the
           request  should  be  sent  to the master server of the
           named data. This guarantees that the  most  up-to-date
           information   is  seen  at  the  possible  expense  of
           increasing the load on the master server and  increas-
           ing  the possibility of the NIS+ server being unavail-
           able or busy for updates.

     -o name
           Displays the internal representation of the named NIS+
           object(s).   If   name   is   an   indexed  name  (see
           nismatch(1)), then each of the matching entry  objects
           is  displayed.  This  option is used to display access
           rights and other attributes of individual columns.

     -P    Follows concatenation path. This option specifies that
           the request should  follow the concatenation path of a
           table if the  initial  search  is  unsuccessful.  This
           option  is  only useful when using an indexed name for
           name and the -o option.

     -s sep
           This option specifies the character to use to separate
           the  table  columns. If no character is specified, the
           default separator for the table is used.

     -v    Displays binary data directly.  This  option  displays
           columns containing binary data on the standard output.
           Without this option binary data is  displayed  as  the
           string  *BINARY*.


     Example 1: Displaying the contents of the hosts table

     example% niscat -h hosts.org_dir
     # cname   name addr comment
     client1   client1     Joe Smith
     crunchy   crunchy Jane Smith
     crunchy   softy

     The string *NP* is returned in those fields where  the  user
     has insufficient access rights.

     Example 2: Displaying on the standard output

     Display the passwd.org_dir on the standard output.

     example% niscat passwd.org_dir

     Example 3: Displaying table contents

     Display the contents of table frodo and the contents of  all
     tables in its concatenation path.

     example% niscat -A frodo

     Example 4: Displaying table entries

     Display the entries in  the  table  groups.org_dir  as  NIS+
     objects.  Notice  that  the  brackets are protected from the
     shell by single quotes.

     example% niscat -o '[ ]groups.org_dir'

     Example 5: Displaying the table object

     Display the table object of the passwd.org_dir table.

     example% niscat -o passwd.org_dir

     The previous example displays the passwd  table  object  and
     not  the passwd table. The table object includes information
     such as the number of columns, column  type,  searchable  or
     not searchable separator, access rights, and other defaults.

     Example 6: Displaying the directory object

     Display the directory object  for  org_dir,  which  includes
     information  such  as the access rights and replica informa-

     example% niscat -o org_dir


           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   nisde-


     niscat returns the following values:

     0     Successful completion

     1     An error occurred.


     See attributes(5) for descriptions of the  following  attri-

    |       ATTRIBUTE TYPE        |       ATTRIBUTE VALUE       |
    | Availability                | SUNWnisu                    |


     nis+(1),    nisdefaults(1),    nismatch(1),    nistbladm(1),
     nis_objects(3NSL), nis_tables(3NSL), attributes(5)


     NIS+ might not  be  supported  in  future  releases  of  the
     SolarisTM  Operating Environment. Tools to aid the migration
     from NIS+ to LDAP are available in the Solaris  9  operating
     environment.      For      more      information,      visit

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