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Updated: Wednesday, February 9, 2022



defaultdomain - specify host's domain name




The service svc:/network/nis/domain determines a host's domain name for direct use by the NIS name service. For the purposes of backward compatibility, the service also generates the defaultdomain file.

The property group/property config/domainname represents the NIS domainname represented by /etc/defaultdomain.

The contents of defaultdomain consists of a single line containing a host's domain name.


Example 1 Setting Up domainname and Enabling the nis/domain Service

The following example sets up domainname and enables the nis/domain service:

% svccfg -s nis/domain setprop config/domainname = \
          hostname: nisdomain.example.com
% svccfg -s nis/domain:default refresh
% svcadm enable nis/domain

The service is not enabled by default. The nis/domain service sets up all the shared NIS configuration, of which domainname is the one mandatory configuration parameter.

See Also

uname(1), resolv.conf(5), ldap(7), ldapclient(8), ypbind(8), ypinit(8)


The defaultdomain file is created and modified by Oracle Solaris installation and configuration scripts. Only users knowledgeable of name service configuration should edit the file.