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File Formats                                         nscd.conf(4)

     nscd.conf - name service cache daemon configuration


     The  nscd.conf file contains the  configuration  information
     for  nscd(1M).  Each line specifies either an  attribute and
     a  value, or an  attribute, cachename, and a  value.  Fields
     are separated either by <SPACE> or <TAB> characters.  A  `#'
     (number sign) indicates the beginning of a comment;  charac-
     ters up to the end of the line are not interpreted by  nscd.

     cachename is represented  by   hosts,  ipnodes,  passwd,  or

     attribute supports the following:

      logfile debug-file-name
           Specifies name of the file to which debug info  should
           be written.
            Use /dev/tty for standard output.

     debug-level  value
           Sets the debug level desired.
            value may range from 0 (the default) to  10.  Use  of
           this  option causes  nscd(1M) to run in the foreground
           and not become a daemon.  Note that the output of  the
           debugging  command  is  not  likely to remain the same
           from release-to-release; scripts should  not  rely  on
           its format.

     enable-cache  cachename value
           Enables or disables the specified cache.    value  may
           be either yes or no.

     positive-time-to-live  cachename value
           Sets the time-to-live for positive entries (successful
           queries) in the specified cache.   value is in integer
           seconds.  Larger values increase cache hit  rates  and
           reduce mean response times, but increase problems with
           cache coherence.  Note that sites that  push  (update)
           NIS   maps  nightly  can  set  the  value  to  be  the
           equivalent  of 12 hours or more with very good perfor-
           mance implications.

     negative-time-to-live  cachename value
           Sets the time-to-live for negative entries (unsuccess-
           ful  queries)  in  the  specified cache.   value is in
           integer seconds. Can result in significant performance
           improvements  if there are several files owned by uids

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File Formats                                         nscd.conf(4)

           (user IDs) not in system  databases;  should  be  kept
           small to reduce cache coherency problems.

     suggested-size  cachename value
           Sets the suggested  number  of  hash  buckets  in  the
           specified cache. This parameter should be changed only
           if the number of entries in the cache exceeds the sug-
           gested  size  by  more  than a factor of four or five.
           Since this is the internal  hash  table  size,   value
           should remain a prime number for optimum efficiency.

     keep-hot-count  cachename value
           This attribute allows the  administrator  to  set  the
           number  of  entries nscd(1M) is to keep current in the
           specified cache.   value is an  integer  number  which
           should  approximate  the  number of entries frequently
           used during the day.

     check-files  cachename value
           Enables or disables checking the file belonging to the
           specified  cachename for changes. If enabled (which is
           the default), changes in the corresponding file  cause
           the  cache to be invalidated within 10 seconds. Can be
           disabled if files are never modified for a slight per-
           formance  boost,  particularly  over NFS. value may be
           either yes or no.

     nscd(1M), group(4), hosts(4), ipnodes(4), passwd(4)

     The  nscd.conf interface is included in this release  on  an
     uncommitted  basis  only and is subject to change or removal
     in a future minor release.

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