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Date:      Tue, 15 Jul 1997 09:57:39 +0300
From:      Nadav Eiron <>
To:        Andrew Westrate <>
Cc:        freebsd-questions@FreeBSD.ORG
Subject:   Re: NIS woes
Message-ID:  <>
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Andrew Westrate wrote:
> I am trying to get NIS running on a small lan made up of just two machines
> (but soon to be a few more).  I have set up the first machine as the server,
> and it starts ypserv when rebooted and creates all of the neccessary maps.  I
> then set up the other machine as a client, and I think I have it running
> properly, because it starts ypbind, creates a file in /var/yp/bindings named
> after the proper domainname, and it complains that it can't reach the nis
> server when that machine is rebooted, BUT:  in order to test nis, I added a
> new user to master.passwd on the server, rebooted both machines, and then
> tried to log in as that user on the client machine, and wasn't able to log in.
> So basically I don't know if I have it working in general, but only the passwd
> file isn't set up right, or if I have either the client or server or both set
> up improperly.  Does anyone have any ideas about how to fix this, or at least
> about how to test it another way to see what works and what doesn't?

Did you add '+' entries in the client's passwd file (by using vipw, of
course)? If not, see the man page for passwd for more details on the
format. Basically, to tell a machine to use whatever it finds in NIS map
you need to have:
in your passwd file.

> Also, I would like to set up the server to also be a client, but the first
> time I did this, the machine wasn't able to boot because it was looking for
> the server at startup, but there was no server running yet.  Does anyone know
> how to fix this too?
> Thanks,
> Andy Westrate

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