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

Context-Sensitive Meanings for Error Messages in NIS+

A single error message might have slightly different meanings depending on which part of various naming software applications generated the message. For example, when a “Not Found” type message is generated by the nisls command, it means that there are no NIS+ objects that have the specified name, but when it is generated by the nismatch command it means that no table entries were found that meet the search criteria.