SUMMARY: Adding Group Members with nistbladm

From: Salvatore Saieva (
Date: Wed Oct 11 1995 - 23:27:51 CDT

First, thanks to the following people for their help and suggestions:

Per Akesson <uunet!!Per.Akesson>
Irana Whitaker-Patel <>
Claude Charest <charest@sar3.CANR.Hydro.Qc.CA>

The correct syntax to add a member list to the group table using nistbladm

   $ nistbladm -m members='"user1,user2"' [name=operations],group.org_dir

The comma separated member list must be enclosed within double-quotes,
and the double-quoted list must be enclosed within single-quotes.

Thanks V much for the help. Original posting is included below.


   Salvatore Saieva
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--- Date: Tue, 10 Oct 1995 16:58:44 -0400 (EDT) From: Salvatore Saieva <saieva@laguardia> To: Sun Managers <> Subject: Adding Group Members with nistbladm?

When using nistbladm(1) to modify the NIS+ group table, I get the following error:

$ nistbladm -m members="user1,user2" [name=operations],group.org_dir can't parse column values: Missing or malformed attribute.

I've tried various forms of quoting (using single and double quotes) to specify the user list but neither works. I can specify the member list in space separated format, which nistbladm accepts, but NIS+ doesn't recognize such a list as separate users. Adding just one user works also.

I'm not using admintool(1M) because it apparently chokes on long group names.

Does anyone know how to specify the user list of group members so nistbladm can parse it?

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