I have a few machines on my home network that are used by myself and
two of my friends. I have been thinking of using NIS to simplify user
maintenance, and NFS via autofs to provide the /home partition.
However, I have discovered a few things that are making me rethink
this. Simply, it is that NIS is a pretty big hammer for this nail and
that autofs doesn't seem to always work the way I want. More
All I (think) I want to do is normalize user and group IDs and
passwords amongst the machines. I don't think I have need for any
other NIS features. Is there a simpler solution than NIS, or perhaps a
shortcut to set up NIS for this level of functionality?
I'm having trouble getting used to the way it decides when to mount
things. One of the directories I'd like to make is /mp3, which I has
my music files in it categorized into directories of genres. I haven't
figured out how to express to autofs to mount /mp3 and all of its sub
directories when I 'ls /mp3'. Perhaps this isn't an appropriate use
A similar problem also exists when autofs mounts my home directory. It
doesn't mount those of my fellow users. Can I make autofs just mount
all of /home whenever it is needed?
Perhaps these tools aren't really what I need for a 5 machine, 3 user
network. One thought that occurs to me is that it might be best just
to manage the user and group files manually and just hard mount /home
all the time.