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Re: [seul-edu] Alternatives to NIS

    I tried again and got partial success. The error messages had to do with missing files as make was doing its thing. There are no instructions with NIS, so I looked at the Makefile and figured out that a lot of files that were in /var/yp/NISdomaindirectory had to be copied to /etc. It would have been nice if there had been some documentation saying so. I figured it out by trial and error. After a reboot it is "sort of" working. 
    When I add users, do I use the regular adduser command, or is there a special version for NIS? I added a couple but when I login as root and try to give them a yppassword, the message comes up that I am an unknown user (ID 01). Do I first have to add a password for the user with the regular passwd program, or what? And how do I get NIS to recognize me as root? 
Thanks for the assistance.
Dave Prentice
-----Original Message-----
From: David Woodhouse <dwmw2@infradead.org>
To: seul-edu@seul.org <seul-edu@seul.org>
Date: Thursday, October 26, 2000 4:41 AM
Subject: Re: [seul-edu] Alternatives to NIS

Your error messages are a total mystery to me, given that you didn't bother
to quote them. My ESP isn't working well today, but I'll have a go...

If it's saying 'Entering directory /root' you need to set your
nisdomainname first:

# nisdomainname my-domain-name

Now run make in the /var/yp directory. It'll whinge about not being able to
update the local ypserv - hardly a surprise if you haven't started ypserv

If it complains about missing files, it's probably stuff you don't need
(mine complains about the absence of /etc/aliases). Edit /var/yp/Makefile
and remove the offending dependency from the 'all' target.

Now start your yp server:

# service ypserv start.

These instructions are based on RH7, but most systems will be similar
enough that you can work it out.