solaris and /etc/nsswitch.conf and winbind (copy of nsswitch. conf in body of text)

David Edward Shapiro David.Edward.Shapiro at
Mon Mar 4 05:11:11 GMT 2002

"/etc/nsswitch.conf" 37 lines, 1156 characters 
# /etc/nsswitch.files:
# An example file that could be copied over to /etc/nsswitch.conf; it
# does not use any naming service.
# "hosts:" and "services:" in this file are used only if the
# /etc/netconfig file has a "-" for nametoaddr_libs of "inet" transports.
passwd:     files winbind
group:      files winbind
hosts:      files dns wins
ipnodes:    files
# Uncomment the following line and comment out the above to resolve
# both IPv4 and IPv6 addresses from the ipnodes databases. Note that
# IPv4 addresses are searched in all of the ipnodes databases before
# searching the hosts databases. Before turning this option on, consult
# the Network Administration Guide for more details on using IPv6.
#ipnodes:      files dns
networks:   files
protocols:  files
rpc:        files
ethers:     files
netmasks:   files
bootparams: files
publickey:  files
# At present there isn't a 'files' backend for netgroup;  the system will
#   figure it out pretty quickly, and won't use netgroups at all.
netgroup:   files
automount:  files
aliases:    files
services:   files
sendmailvars:   files
printers:       user files
auth_attr:      files
prof_attr:      files

The error:
#passwd davidsh
Supported configurations for passwd management are as follows:
    passwd: files
    passwd: files ldap
    passwd: files nis
    passwd: files nisplus
    passwd: compat
    passwd: compat AND
    passwd_compat: ldap OR
    passwd_compat: nisplus
Please check your /etc/nsswitch.conf file
Permission denied 
 -----Original Message-----
From: Esh, Andrew [mailto:AEsh at]
Sent: Friday, March 01, 2002 6:56 PM
To: 'David Edward Shapiro'; 'samba-technical at'
Subject: RE: solaris and /etc/nsswitch.conf and winbind

Could you show us what is in nsswitch.conf? This looks like a syntax error.
Here's what the relevant section of mine looks like:

passwd:     files nisplus nis winbind 
group:      files nisplus nis winbind 

(Double checked this message for NOT being HTML. Let's see how it goes.) 

-----Original Message----- 
From: David Edward Shapiro [ mailto:David.Edward.Shapiro at
<mailto:David.Edward.Shapiro at> ] 
Sent: Friday, March 01, 2002 10:40 AM 
To: 'samba-technical at' 
Subject: solaris and /etc/nsswitch.conf and winbind 

Solaris does not seem to like the option winbind in /etc/nsswitch.conf.  If 
I put it there and then try to run passwd, passwd complains and displays the

options that it thinks are suitable to exist in the /etc/nsswitch.conf. 
What's the best way to work with this? 


David E. Shapiro 
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