NIS(8)                  NetBSD System Manager's Manual                  NIS(8)


NAME
nis, yp -- description of the NIS (formerly YP) subsystem
SYNOPSIS
ypbind [-ypset] ypbind [-ypsetme] ypset [-h host] [-d domain] server yppoll [-h host] [-d domain] mapname ypcat [-kt] [-d domainname] mapname ypcat -x ypmatch [-kt] [-d domainname] key ... mapname ypmatch -x ypwhich [-d domain] [[-t] -m [mname] | host] ypwhich -x ypserv [-d] [-x] yppush [-d domainname] [-h hostname] [-v] mapname ypxfr [-bcf] [-d domain] [-h host] [-s domain] [-C tid prog ipadd port] mapname ypinit -m [domainname] ypinit -s master_server [domainname] yptest rpc.yppasswdd [-noshell] [-nogecos] [-nopw] [-m arg1 arg2 ...]
DESCRIPTION
The NIS subsystem allows network management of passwd and group file entries through the functions getpwent(3) and getgrent(3). NIS also pro- vides hooks for other client programs, such as amd(8) and rpc.bootparamd(8), that can use NIS maps. Password maps in standard YP are insecure, because the pw_passwd field is accessible by any user. A common solution to this is to generate a secure map (using ``makedbm -s'') which can only be accessed by a client bound to a privileged port. To activate the secure map, see the appropriate comment in /var/yp/Makefile.yp. The NIS subsystem is conditionally started in /etc/rc. See the /etc/rc.conf file for configuration variables.
SEE ALSO
domainname(1), ypcat(1), ypmatch(1), ypwhich(1), ypclnt(3), group(5), hosts_access(5), nsswitch.conf(5), passwd(5), rc.conf(5), rc(8), ypbind(8), ypinit(8), yppoll(8), yppush(8), ypserv(8), ypset(8), yptest(8), ypxfr(8)
HISTORY
The NIS client subsystem was originally written by Theo de Raadt to be compatible with Sun's implementation. The NIS server suite was origi- nally written by Mats O Jansson.
BUGS
If ypbind(8) cannot find a server, the system behaves the same way as Sun's code: it hangs. The `secure map' feature is not compatible with non-BSD implementations as found e.g. in Solaris. NetBSD 6.0 February 26, 2005 NetBSD 6.0

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