System Administration Guide: Naming and Directory Services (DNS, NIS, and LDAP)

Modifying the /lib/svc/method/nisplus File

If you want to include specific options when you invoke the rpc.nisd daemon with the Service Management Facility, you can use the svcprop command or modify the /lib/svc/method/nisplus file. See the svcprop(1) man page for more information about using the svcprop command. The following procedure describes how to modify the /lib/svc/method/nisplus file.

ProcedureHow to Modify the /lib/svc/method/nisplus File

  1. Become superuser or assume an equivalent role.

    Roles contain authorizations and privileged commands. For more information about roles, see Chapter 9, Using Role-Based Access Control (Tasks), in System Administration Guide: Security Services.

  2. Stop the NIS+ service.

    # svcadm disable network/rpc/nisplus:default
  3. Open the /lib/svc/method/nisplus file.

    Use the editor of your choice.

  4. Edit the file to add the desired options.


    if [ -d /var/nis/data -o -d /var/nis/$hostname ]; then
                        /usr/sbin/rpc.nisd || exit $


    if [ -d /var/nis/data -o -d /var/nis/$hostname ]; then
                         /usr/sbin/rpc.nisd -Y -B || exit $?

    In this example, the -Y and -B options are added to rpc.nisd, so the options are automatically implemented at startup.

  5. Save and quit the /lib/svc/method/nisplus file.

  6. Start the NIS+ service.

    # svcadm enable network/rpc/nisplus:default