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

Starting and Stopping the NIS+ Cache Manager

When using the Service Management Facility (SMF), the cache manager has a dependency on the NIS+ service, so cache manager starts and stops along with the NIS+ service. Use the svcadm command to start, stop, or restart the NIS+ service.

client% svcadm enable /network/rpc/nisplus:default
client% svcadm disable /network/rpc/nisplus:default
client% svcadm restart /network/rpc/nisplus:default

When you stop and start the NIS+ service, the cache manager is restarted but it retains the information in the /var/nis/NIS_SHARED_DIRCACHE file. The information in the cold-start file is simply appended to the existing information in the cache file. Use the -i option to clear the cache file and re-initialize it from the contents of the client's cold-start file.