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
It is advisable to use nisserver(1M) to create an NIS+
domain which consists of the specified directory along with
the org_dir and groups_dir subdirectories.
The two primary aspects that are controlled when making a
directory are its access rights, and its degree of replica-
A host that serves a NIS+ directory must be a NIS+ client
in a directory 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+ directory.
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. See nisopaccess(1).
The following options are supported:
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
represent the default values to be used for the gen-
eric object properties. All of the legal tokens are
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 hours).
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 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
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 ----rmcdr---r---.
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.
Specify that the host hostname will be a replica for
an existing directory named dirname.
The following operand is supported:
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 the command:
example% nismkdir bar.foo.com.
To create a new directory bar.foo.com. that is not repli-
cated 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 the command:
example% nismkdir -s replica.foo.com. bar.foo.com.
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.
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 attri-
| ATTRIBUTE TYPE | ATTRIBUTE VALUE |
| Availability | SUNWnisu |
nis+(1), nischmod(1), nischttl(1), nisdefaults(1), nisls(1),
nisopaccess(1), nisrmdir(1), nisserver(1M), 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
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