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

nistbladm and Indexed NIS+ Names

In the context of table administration, an NIS+ indexed name is a name that combines a table name with column value search criteria to identify and select particular entries in a table. Indexed names use the format:


Note that search_criteria must be enclosed in square brackets [ ]. The search_criteria use the format:

columname=value, \

Where columname=value pairs are column values from the table's searchable columns as described in nistbladm and NIS+ Column Values.

For example, to identify the altair entry in Table 19–2 you could use the indexed name:


The nistbladm -R command allows you to remove all the entries in a table by using the two square brackets with nothing between them [ ] as a wildcard specifying all table rows.