redhat 7.2 NIS+ client

Morong, Gerry Gerry.Morong at
Tue Jun 25 08:10:40 EST 2002

Edit /etc/init.d/nisplus and add the following to the top of the script.


Gerry Morong
ISSG Electronic Design Automation 
Hewlett-Packard Company 
gerry.morong at

 -----Original Message-----
From: 	Kristen J. McFadden [mailto:kjm31 at] 
Sent:	Monday, June 24, 2002 4:59 PM
To:	linux-nisplus at
Subject:	RE: redhat 7.2 NIS+ client

Hey All,

I *almost* have it running.  Thanks much for the tips.  

Here's my only problem:

I can get it to bind to the NIS+ server, finger users, login, everything
BUT I cannot get it to load properly on reboot.

When I reboot I do see "Starting NIS+ Services... [OK]"
but when I finger a user after logging in as root it says "no such user".

I then do 
/etc/init.d/nisplus stop
/etc/init.d/nisplus start

and it works!

I have a file /etc/defaultdomain with -- is there someplace else where I can specify it properly??

Another thread said to put "" in my /etc/sysconfig/network file, I tried that, no dice either.

Thanks a million,

-----Original Message-----
From: Bob Edwards [mailto:Robert.Edwards at]
Sent: Monday, June 24, 2002 4:41 PM
To: Kristen J. McFadden
Cc: linux-nisplus at
Subject: Re: redhat 7.2 NIS+ client

"Kristen J. McFadden" wrote:
> Hi,
> I am completely new to NIS+ and have inherited a Solaris 8 NIS+ server.  We have some new Linux (redhat 7.2) boxes and we want to set them up as NIS+ clients to this server.  However, I'm not even sure where to begin.
> I read a post from back in December where the respondent suggested NOT to use the nis-utils-1.4 release -- instead to use 1.3, and I am wondering if people have been able to use the latest nis-utils-1.4.1 release and make it work.
> I downloaded and compiled nis-utils-1.4.1 on a test redhat 7.2 box.
> 1. What do I have to do on the Solaris server machine to make it work?
> 2. I don't think I need a pam-aware login.  I guess then I wouldn't have to compile the pam_unix stuff -- or is it a requirement for nisplus support?
> 3.  Any other pointers for how to set it up properly?
> Thanks,
> Kristen

I think that I may have been the respondent who suggested NOT using
nis-utils-1.4. We have been using nis-utils-1.4.1 with both RH7.2 and
RH7.3 all year with no problems at all.

On the solaris machine, run the nisclient command to create a credential
for your Linux client (need to have an entry in the hosts.org_dir map on
the server first for the IP address of the Linux client).

Once you have the nis-utils compiled and installed and the credential
set up on the server, set up the domainname, copy over a good copy
of /var/nis/NIS_COLDSTART from a Solaris client or elsewhere, run the
keyserv process and then run chkey -p to set up the /etc/.rootkey file.

Once those steps are complete, you should be able to run nisdefaults
and get a response that _doesn't_ include the string "(not authenticated)"
on the end of the first line.


Bob Edwards.

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