Subject: Re: heads up: nsswitch modifications to support defaults
To: Luke Mewburn <>
From: Todd Vierling <>
List: current-users
Date: 01/19/1999 18:34:31
On Wed, 20 Jan 1999, Luke Mewburn wrote:

: > : 	passwd:		compat
: > : 	passwd_compat:	nis
: > 
: > Okay, that looks fine.  But shouldn't passwd read `compat files'?  (That's
: > how I read the manual page's description of the sources.)
: no, compat only. which man page were you reading to infer that? (i'm
: just curious; if the documentation is giving you that impression then
: it needs to be fixed)

Well, `files' in nsswitch.conf(5) says that it pulls info from /etc/passwd.
And AFAIK, `compat' is only used to enable `+:::::::'.

Under Solaris, you do need to explicitly specify the `files' source for
passwd, whether using nis or nisplus or whatever.  Or at least, that's what
Sun's shipped nsswitch example files do.

-- Todd Vierling (Personal; Bus.