Adding users to NIS
brian at Awfulhak.org
Fri Jun 1 01:33:40 BST 2007
On Wed, 30 May 2007 14:05:33 +0100
Stephen Allen <sdafreebsduk at rowyerboat.com> wrote:
> I thought I might have asked this question before, but nothing in the
> The FreeBSD Handbook says to do this to create a new user in NIS.
> # pw useradd jsmith
> # cd /var/yp
> # make test-domain
> Using pw didn't work, until I used 'pw -V /var/yp'. Is this a fault
> with my setup or an omission in the handbook?
An omission in the handbook.
You may also want to use -y.
IMHO -Y is usually a mistake as keeping the same
information in both the passwd file and the NIS
database results in passwd always getting it
On all my NIS servers I run ypbind to get at
the (local) NIS maps and yppasswdd 'just works'.
> The handbook then says, "You could also run adduser jsmith instead of pw
> useradd jsmith." This doesn't work either. Like 'pw' it just creates a
> user in the local passwd file.
> So, what is the recommended method to create a new user in NIS, bearing
> in mind I'd want to create homedirs etc?
Well, personally I'd recommend using mkdir, cp, vi
and pwd_mkdb - that way you know what's been done.
Brian Somers <brian at Awfulhak.org>
Don't _EVER_ lose your sense of humour ! <brian at FreeBSD.org>
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