This configuration parameter specifies the maximum number of characters to use in group names when groups with a large number of members are split into multiple new groups. Because some devices that submit NIS requests have limitations on the length of group names, you can use this parameter to specify the maximum length for group names.

When the adnisd process splits the group membership for a large group into multiple smaller groups, it truncates the original group name as needed to append the suffix defined in the nisd.largegroup.suffix parameter and not exceed the number of characters specified by this parameter. For example, if you have a large group named worldwide-all-corp, and have defined the suffix string as “-all” and the maximum length for group names as 10, when the worldwide-all-corp group membership is split into multiple groups, the groups are named as follows:


For example, to set the maximum length for group names to 20 characters: 20

If this parameter is not defined in the configuration file, the maximum group name length is 1024 characters by default.