System Administration Guide: Naming and Directory Services (NIS+)

Changing NIS+ Defaults

You can change the default access rights, owner, and group, by changing the value of the NIS_DEFAULTS environment variable.

Use the environment command that is appropriate for your shell (setenv for C-shell or $NIS_DEFAULTS=, export for Bourne and Korn shells) with the following arguments:

You can combine two or more arguments into one line separated by colons:


Table 15–10 shows some examples.

Table 15–10 Changing NIS+ Defaults – Examples



This command grants owner read access as the default access right. 

client% setenv NIS_DEFAULTS access=o+r

This command sets the default owner to be the user abe whose home 

domain is 

client% setenv NIS_DEFAULTS

This command combines the first two examples on one code line. 

client% setenv NIS_DEFAULTS

All objects and entries created from the shell in which you changed the defaults will have the new values you specified. You cannot specify default settings for a table column or entry; the columns and entries simply inherit the defaults of the table.