NICKNAMES(5)              NetBSD File Formats Manual              NICKNAMES(5)

NAME
     nicknames -- map nickname translation file for NIS (YP)

DESCRIPTION
     The ypcat(1), ypmatch(1), and ypwhich(1) commands reference NIS (YP) maps
     as specified by the user.  Occasionally it is desirable to use a short-
     hand reference for a longer map name, hence the nicknames file, kept in
     ``/var/yp/nicknames.''

     The format of the file is

           nickname map

     one pair per line.  The default installed nickname map is as follows:

           passwd     passwd.byname
           group      group.byname
           networks   networks.byaddr
           hosts      hosts.byname
           protocols  protocols.bynumber
           services   services.byname
           aliases    aliases.byname
           ethers     ethers.byname
           master.passwd
                      master.passwd.byname

     A blank or incomplete nicknames file will affect any scripts which use
     nicknames for map lookup, whereas if the file is simply missing, the
     default compiled-in list will be used.

SEE ALSO
     ypcat(1), ypmatch(1), ypwhich(1)

HISTORY
     The nicknames file first appeared in Solaris 2.4.

NetBSD 6.0                      August 28, 2003                     NetBSD 6.0

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