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

Switch Status Messages

If a routine finds the information, it returns a success status message. If it does not find the information for which it is looking, it returns one of three unsuccessful status messages, depending on the reason for not finding the information. Possible status messages are listed in the following table.

Table 1–2 Switch Search Status Messages

Status Message 

Meaning of Message 


The requested entry was found in the specified source. 


The source is not responding or is unavailable. That is, the NIS+ table, or NIS map, or /etc file could not be found or accessed.


The source responded with “No such entry.” In other words, the table, map, or file was accessed but it did not contain the needed information. 


The source is busy; it might respond next time. In other words, the table, map, or file was found, but it could not respond to the query.