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

group NIS+ Table

The group table stores information about UNIX user groups. The group table has four columns.

Table 23–6 group Table




The group's name 


The group's password 


The group's numerical ID 


The names of the group members, separated by commas 

Earlier Solaris releases used a +/- syntax in local /etc/group files to incorporate or overwrite entries in the NIS group maps. Since the Solaris system uses the name service switch file to specify a machine's sources of information, this is no longer necessary. All you have to do in Solaris Release 2x systems is edit a client's /etc/nsswitch.conf file to specify files, followed by nisplus as the sources for the group information. This effectively adds the contents of the group table to the contents of the client's /etc/group file.