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AIX Version 4.3 System Management Guide: Communications and Networks

NIS Reference

See "List of NIS Programming References" in AIX Communications Programming Concepts for information about Network Information Service (NIS) subroutines and files.


keyserv Stores public and private keys.
ypbind Enables client processes to bind, or connect, to NIS.
yppasswdd Receives and executes requests from the yppasswd command.
ypserv Looks up information in local NIS maps.
ypupdated Updates information in NIS maps.


chkey Changes the user's encryption key.
chmaster Re-executes the ypinit daemon and restarts the NIS daemons.
chslave Retrieves maps from a master server and restarts the ypserv daemon.
chypdom Changes the current domain name of the system.
domainname Displays or sets the name of the current domain.
keyenvoy Provides an intermediary between user processes and the key server.
keylogin Decrypts and stores the user's secret key.
lsmaster Displays the characteristics of the configuration of an NIS master server.
lsnfsexp Displays the characteristics of directories that are exported with NFS.
lsnfsmnt Displays the characteristics of mounted NFS file systems.
makedbm Makes an NIS map.
mkclient Starts the ypbind daemons and uncomments the appropriate entries in the /etc/rc.nfs file.
mkkeyserv Starts the keyserv daemon and uncomments the appropriate entries in the /etc/rc.nfs file.
mkmaster Starts the NIS daemons on the master server.
mkslave Retrieves maps from the NIS master server and starts the ypserv daemon.
newkey Creates a new key in the publickey file.
revnetgroup Reverses the listing of users and hosts in network group files in NIS maps.
rmkeyserv Stops the keyserv daemon and comments the entry for the keyserv daemon in the /etc/rc.nfs file.
rmyp Removes the configuration for NIS.
ypcat Prints out the NIS map specified by the MapName parameter.
ypinit Sets up NIS maps on an NIS server.
ypmatch Displays the value of a given key within an NIS map.
yppasswd Changes your network password in NIS.
yppoll Displays the order number (ID number) of the NIS map currently in use on the server.
yppush Prompts the NIS slave servers to copy updated NIS maps.
ypset Directs a client machine to a specific server.
ypwhich Identifies either the NIS server or the server that is the master for a given map.
ypxfr Transfers an NIS map from an NIS server to a local host.

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