Solaris Naming Administration Guide

Copying and Converting FNS Contexts

The fncopy command can be used to copy or convert an FNS context and attributes to a new FNS context.

By using the -i and -o options, you can copy FNS contexts based on one underlying enterprise-level name service to a context based on a different underlying name service. For example, if you have an FNS installation running on top of NIS, and you upgrade your NIS service to NIS+, you can use fncopy to create a new context using NIS+.

Note that:

Table 20-9 fncopy Command Options



-i oldservice

The old (input) underlying enterprise-level name service. For example, -i nis specifies that the old service is NIS. Allowed values are files, nis, nisplus.

-o newservice

The new (output) underlying enterprise-level name. For example, o nisplus specifies that the new service is NIS+. Allowed values are files, nis, nisplus.

-f filename

A text file listing FNS contexts to be copied. In the absence of the -i and -o options, contexts must be identifies using global names.


The name of the context being copied 


The name of the context being created or copied to. 

For example, to copy the printer contexts (and sub-contexts) and bindings to orgunit/east/

# fncopy .../ .../

To copy the NIS FNS users' contexts specified in the file user_list to a NIS+ FNS users' context of the orgunit west/

# fncopy -i nis -o nisplus -f /etc/user_list thisorgunit/user org/