Solaris Naming Administration Guide

Trailing Dot in Organization Names

The trailing dot in an organization name indicates that the name is a fully qualified NIS+ domain name. Without the trailing dot, the organization name is an NIS+ domain name to be resolved relative to the NIS+ root domain.

For example, if the NIS+ root domain is, with a subdomain, the following pairs of names refer to the same organization:

Table 22-4 Example of Relative and Fully Qualified Organization Names Under NIS+

Relative Name 

Fully Qualified Name 





The name org/manf. (with trailing dot) would not be found, because there is no NIS+ domain with just the manf. name.