IPv6 Administration Guide

Changes to the nsswitch.conf File

In addition to the capability of looking up IPv6 addresses through /etc/inet/ipnodes, IPv6 support has been added to the NIS, NIS+, and DNS name services. Consequently, the nsswitch.conf(4) file has been modified to support IPv6 lookups. An ipnodes line has been added to the /etc/nsswitch.conf file. This addition enables you to perform lookups in the new databases for each of the Solaris Name Services, NIS, NIS+, DNS, and files. The following bold line shows an example of the ipnodes entry:

hosts:  files dns nisplus [NOTFOUND=return]
ipnodes: files dns nisplus [NOTFOUND=return]

Note –

Before changing the /etc/nsswitch.conf file to search ipnodes in multiple name services, populate these ipnodes databases with IPv4 and IPv6 addresses. Otherwise, unnecessary delays can result in the resolution of host addresses, including possible boot-timing delays.

The following diagram shows the new relationship between the nsswitch.conf file and the new name services databases for applications that use the gethostbyname() and getipnodebyname() commands. Items in italics are new. The gethostbyname() command checks only for IPv4 addresses that are stored in /etc/inet/hosts. The getipnodebyname() command consults the database that is specified in the ipnodes entry in the nsswitch.conf file. If the lookup fails, then the command consults the database that is specified in the hosts entry in the nsswitch.conf file.

Figure 3–1 Relationship Between nsswitch.conf and Name Services

Diagram shows the relationship between NIS, NIS+, Files, and DNS database and the nsswitch.conf file.

For more information on Naming Services, see System Administration Guide: Naming and Directory Services (DNS, NIS, and LDAP).