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

Blanks in NIS+ Name


Sometimes an object is there, sometimes it is not. Some NIS+ or UNIX commands report that an NIS+ object does not exist or cannot be found, while other NIS+ or UNIX commands do find that same object.


Use nisls to display the object's name. Look carefully at the object's name to see if the name actually begins with a blank space. (If you accidentally enter two spaces after the flag when creating NIS+ objects from the command line with NIS+ commands, some NIS+ commands will interpret the second space as the beginning of the object's name.)


If an NIS+ object name begins with a blank space, you must either rename it without the space or remove it and then recreate it from scratch.