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How does NIS update the clients with new information? On our cluster I
have to do this manually or with a cron job. Is there a better, maybe in
NIS implemented way to do this?
NIS doesn't update the clients. When the clients need the information,
they ask the server for it. They don't have their own copy so they should
always be getting an uptodate copy. Of course, it is possible to not have
your NIS setup correctly, so that the password map doesn't get rebuilt
everytime a password is changed, and then they would still get the old
information from NIS, while the NIS server would have the new information.
Stephen P Potter Pencom Systems Administration Telco Systems, Norwood, MA
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