nismatch, nisgrep - utilities for searching NIS+ tables


     nismatch [-AchMoPv] [-s sep] key tablename

     nismatch [-AchMoPv] [-s sep] colname = key... tablename

     nismatch [-AchMoPv] [-s sep] indexedname

     nisgrep [-AchiMov] [-s sep] keypat tablename

     nisgrep [-AchiMov] [-s sep] colname = keypat... tablename


     The utilities nismatch and nisgrep can  be  used  to  search
     NIS+  tables. The command  nisgrep differs from the nismatch
     command in its ability to accept regular expressions  keypat
     for the search criteria rather than simple text matches.

     Because nisgrep uses a callback function,  it  is  not  con-
     strained  to  searching only those columns that are specifi-
     cally made searchable at the time of  table  creation.  This
     makes it more flexible, but slower, than nismatch.

     In nismatch, the server does the searching, whereas in  nis-
     grep  the  server  returns all the readable entries and then
     the client does the pattern-matching.

     In both commands, the parameter  tablename is the NIS+  name
     of  the table to be searched. If only one key or key pattern
     is specified without the column name,  then  it  is  applied
     searching  the  first  column. Specific named columns can be
     searched by using  the  colname=key  syntax.  When  multiple
     columns are searched, only entries that match in all columns
     are returned. This is  the  equivalent  of  a  logical  join

     nismatch accepts an  additional  form  of  search  criteria,
     indexedname, which is a NIS+ indexed name of the form:

          [ colname=value, ... ],tablename


     The following options are supported:

     -A    All data. Return the data within the table and all  of
           the  data  in tables in the initial table's concatena-
           tion path.

     -c    Print only a count  of  the  number  of  entries  that
           matched the search criteria.

     -h    Display a header line before the matching entries that
           contains the names of the table's columns

     -i    Ignore upper/lower case distinction  during  comparis-

     -M    Master server only. Send  the  lookup  to  the  master
           server  of  the  named  data. This guarantees that the
           most up to date information is seen  at  the  possible
           expense that the master server may be busy.

     -o    Display the internal representation  of  the  matching
           NIS+ object(s).

     -P    Follow concatenation path.  Specify  that  the  lookup
           should follow the concatenation path of a table if the
           initial search is unsuccessful.

     -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    Verbose. Do not suppress the  output  of  binary  data
           when  displaying matching entries. Without this option
           binary data is displayed as the string  *BINARY*.


     Example 1: Searching a table for a username

     This example searches a table named  passwd in the   org_dir
     subdirectory  of the domain. It returns the entry
     that has the username of skippy. In this  example,  all  the
     work is done on the server:

     example% nismatch name=skippy

     Example 2: Finding users using specific shells

     This example is similar to the one  above,  except  that  it
     uses   nisgrep  to find all users in the table named  passwd
     that are using either ksh(1) or csh(1):

     example% nisgrep 'shell=[ck]sh'


           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


     The following exit values are returned:

     0     Successfully matches some entries.

     1     Successfully searches the table  and  no  matches  are

     2     An error condition occurs. An error  message  is  also


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

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


     niscat(1),    nisdefaults(1),    nisls(1),     nistbladm(1),
     nis_objects(3NSL), attributes(5)


     No memory
           An attempt to allocate  some  memory  for  the  search

     tablename is not a table
           The object with the name tablename  was  not  a  table

     Can't compile regular expression
           The regular expression in keypat was malformed.

     column not found: colname
           The column named colname does not exist in  the  table
           named  tablename.


     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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