> Don't put root's password in NIS. What if NIS or your network is down?
> How are you going to log in as root?
Actually, in the O'Reilly Nutshell book _Managing NFS and NIS_, Hal Stern
offers another possible solution:
You could have two "root" users: root and "lroot" (or local root). The
"root" password would be controlled by NIS; the lroot users would not be
controlled by NIS but also have a UID of 0. That way, if NIS comes down
or becomes unusable, you can still log in as lroot. This has one other
possible benefit--if you have users whom you want to give root access for
*one* machine, but not system-wide, then giving them the "lroot" password
and not the root password could accomplish that.
Of course, I still wouldn't want to give it to anyone unless they were
willing to be on call...and I'm wary of having more than one UID 0 as well.
Tim Irvin, Iridium System Administration and Configuration Management
Lockheed Martin Missiles and Space, Sunnyvale, California
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