Friday, June 1, 2012

creating a directory under /home :operation not applicable

solaris 10 is a giving an error on creating new directory 

#cd /home 
#mkdir admin 
failed to make directory 'admin' operation not applicable 

google took me to some links which asked me to edit /etc/auto_master and /etc/auto_home ,then i commented the line containing /home in the above files 

later i executed #mkdir admin 
but there is no ouput ,just the cursor stays on the new line blinking for hours. 

so anyone has any idea about this??
/home is used by automounter (linux uses /home easily). 
If you want to create new user, use /export/home directory. If you want 
to use /home, then you have to change entry in /etc/auto_master: 
/auto_home auto_home -nobrowse 
Create /auto_home and reboot (yes, i didn't found other way to free /home) 
After reboot, do mkdir /home and then you can create user dir 
You will find that /home is kind of special on Solaris as it is reserved 
for automounts, please consider using /export/home to avoid these 
  thanks for the response 

let me use the /export /home and well editing /etc/auto* files is not helping the solution... 

i wil use /export /home and in case if i face any problem i will ask u guys again.  
  comment the line in /etc/auto and /etc/auto_home which is mount the /home, 
find the line in /etc/vfstab file, if mounting any disk under /export/home, 
change it to /home and reboot system. I am sure your problem would be 

eg: /dev/dsk/c1t0d0s7 /dev/rdsk/c1t0d0s7 /export/home ufs 
2 yes - 


/dev/dsk/c1t0d0s7 /dev/rdsk/c1t0d0s7 /home ufs 
2 yes - 
if you are not using auto mapping at all, /export/home --> /home or nfs mappings, then just turn the service off and adjust the /etc/passwd field. 

# svcs -a | grep autofs 
disabled Jul_29 svc:/system/filesystem/autofs:default


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Hi There,

A spot on observation on what probably is “the” underlying details of the creating a directory under /home :operation not applicable.Too many people don’t even think about wherever there will be actual demand and more importantly what happens if this demand comes later (or maybe a lot later) than they expect

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