RH7.2, KDE and NIS+ (was: NIS+ on Mandrake 8.1)

Bob Edwards Robert.Edwards at anu.edu.au
Sat Feb 23 10:10:35 EST 2002

Viktor Rosenfeld wrote:
> Hi,
> Steve Plemmons wrote:
> > All of the NIS+ accounts show up in the KDE login screen, but I can't
> > use any of them to login.  If I login as root, then I can use niscat to
> > view all of the tables correctly.  I even have autofs working and can cd
> > into all of the autofs directories being served up through my NIS+
> > server.
> Okay, first thing to check is whether the login shell is listed in
> /etc/shells.  KDM won't allow login if the login shell is not listed.
> This solved the problem from RedHat 6.2 to 7.1 and also on various SuSE
> systems.  Then RH 7.2 came along (with glibc 2.2.4) and with those
> systems I see really unexpected behavior.  KDM usually doesn't allow
> login.  Sometimes this is fixed by restarting the X-Server, sometimes
> you have to kill KDM, use startx to get into KDE and then restart KDM
> again, sometimes it simply refuses to login, whatever I do.  This
> happens on all RH 7.2 systems here, and I'm yet totally perplexed as to
> what this is causing.

I have no problems with KDE under RH7.2 with NIS+. I always install all
the upgrades to RH7.2 before starting to set up NIS+, but I did a machine
just last night and it all went swimmingly. If you haven't applied the
RedHat upgrade RPMs for KDE and glibc, that might be why you are seeing

All up I have about 40 machines running RH7.1 and about 6 running RH7.2
with KDE and NIS+ - never seen the problems you are reporting.

What version of nis-utils are you using (I am now using 1.4.1 with the
RH7.2 machines). What version of pam_unix2.so are you using? What are
your entries in /etc/pam.d/system-auth (or wherever you put them)? Also,
are you sure that your clocks are properly sync'd between the NIS+ server
and clients?


Bob Edwards.

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