NETID(5) BSD File Formats Manual NETID(5)
netid -- YP network credential file
The file /etc/netid consists of newline separated ASCII records. Each
record consists of a key, a single blank character, and a value. The key
and the value may be arbitrary strings except that neither may contain
Records in the file /etc/netid and in the netid.byname YP map are ignored
by the system unless they have the following form:
When YP is enabled in the group(5) file, such records specify that the
function getgrouplist(3) shall return the specified groups in addition to
the groups found in the group file. The file /etc/netid is parsed before
the netid.byname YP map. Only the first matching record is used.
The main use of the /etc/netid file is to allow certain users to log in
even while YP is enabled but temporarily unavailable. These users must
also be listed in the local master.passwd(5) file. If consistency of
group membership information is required while YP is enabled and avail-
able, all records in the /etc/netid file must agree with records in the
netid.byname YP map, although the latter may contain additional records.
If consistency of group membership information is required even while YP
is enabled but unavailable, the records in the /etc/netid file must not
grant more group memberships than the group(5) file, and users having
their own record in the /etc/netid file must not show up in the
group.byname and group.bygid YP maps.
On a YP master server, Makefile.yp(8) uses the mknetid(8) utility to gen-
erate the netid.byname YP map. In this case, the YP map will also con-
tain records of the following form:
Such records are ignored by the system.
A netid file or YP map might look like the following:
getgrouplist(3), group(5), Makefile.yp(8), mknetid(8), yp(8)
Mats O Jansson <email@example.com>
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