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YP(8)                   OpenBSD System Manager's Manual                  YP(8)

NAME
     yp - description of the YP subsystem

SYNOPSIS
     ypinit [-m] domain
     ypinit [-s] server domain

     ypbind [-ypset]
     ypbind [-ypsetme]

     ypset [-h host] [-d domain] server

     yppoll [-h host] [-d domain] mapname

     ypcat [-kt] [-d domainname] mapname
     ypcat -x

     ypmatch [-kt] [-d domainname] key ... mapname
     ypmatch -x

     ypwhich [-d domain] [[-t] -m [mname] | host]
     ypwhich -x

     ypserv [-a aclfile] [-d] [-x]

     ypxfr [-bcf] [-d domain] [-h host] [-s domain] [-C tid prog ipadd port]
            mapname

     yppush [-d domainname] [-h hostname] [-v] mapname

     rpc.yppasswdd [-d directory] [-noshell] [-nogecos] [-nopw]
            [-m arg1 arg2 ...]

DESCRIPTION
     The YP subsystem allows network management of passwd, group, and hosts
     file entries through the functions getpwent(3), getgrent(3) and
     gethostbyname(3).  A number of other databases can be network-managed as
     well, and have their respective functions.  YP also provides hooks for
     numerous other client programs such as amd(8) and bootparamd(8) to access
     distributed and shareable versions of their maps through YP.

     ypinit is used to initialize YP as a master or a slave.  This creates
     various files in /var/yp.  By default the YP server will be set up in
     backwards compatible mode.  To enable ``secure'' mode, the file
     /var/yp/Makefile.yp must be edited.  This ``secure'' mode is compatible
     with OpenBSD and FreeBSD clients.

     If set up as a slave, the required databases are automatically copied
     from the specified server.

     The YP client subsystem is started automatically in /etc/rc if the direc-
     tory /var/yp/binding exists.  The client subsystem can be turned on and
     off by creating or deleting that directory.  ypbind(8) will create that
     directory if run by hand.

     The YP server subsystem is started automatically in /etc/rc if the direc-
     tory /var/yp/DOMAINNAME exists.  This directory is automatically created
     by ypinit(8) (which initializes the machine as a YP server).  The YP
     server also requires that portmap(8) be running before it is started.

     If ypbind cannot find a server, the system behaves the same way as Sun's
     code does: it hangs.

FILES
     /var/yp/Makefile.main  Top level YP Makefile
     /var/yp/Makefile.yp    YP maps Makefile

SEE ALSO
     domainname(1), ypcat(1), ypmatch(1), ypwhich(1), ypclnt(3),
     defaultdomain(5), group(5), passwd(5), resolv.conf(5), rpc.yppasswdd(8),
     ypbind(8), ypinit(8), yppoll(8), yppush(8), ypserv(8), ypset(8), ypxfr(8)

HISTORY
     This free YP subsystem is thought to be compatible with Sun's implementa-
     tion.  It is, of course, not compatible with NIS+ or any other ``secure''
     YP subsystem other than the native one.

     The name YP stands for Yellow Pee.

     The ypbind, most library components, and userland programs were imple-
     mented by Theo de Raadt <deraadtATtheos.com>.  The current getpwent(3) im-
     plementation was done by Jason Downs <downsjATdownsj.com>.  The server
     component was implemented by Mats O Jansson <mojATstacken.se>.

OpenBSD 3.6                      April 5, 1993                               2