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

nsswitch.conf File Fails to Perform Correctly

A modified (or newly installed) nsswitch.conf file fails to work properly.


You install a new nsswitch.conf file or make changes to the existing file, but your system does not implement the changes.

Possible Cause:

Each time an nsswitch.conf file is installed or changed, you must reboot the machine for your changes to take effect. This is because nscd caches the nsswitch.conf file.


Check your nsswitch.conf file against the information contained in the nsswitch.conf man page. Correct the file if necessary, and then reboot the machine.