* From: Casper Dik <casper @
* Contrary to popular opinion, it is possible to run NIS with
* only a hosts map. You can pick your set of maps anyway you want,
* with one caveat: if you don't have a group map, you should make sure
* you don't have a netid map too.
* The services map and some other maps do have a warning in the file
* shipped: "This file is never consulted when the NIS are running"
* This only means that if NIS is running *and* there is a services
* map, don't consult /etc/services. I know that you can have NIS
* running and still use /etc/services, because we do that around here.
This is pretty Sun-specific. I've had the pleasure of assuming that
behavior in a Sun and HP environment, and having the HPs kick my teeth
in. Perhaps it's just my ignorance of the HP environment, but it sure
seems as though if you run NIS on them that they WILL NOT look at local
files -- they assume and expect a complete set of maps. If there are
maps missing, which there were, the HPs just start pushing up daisies.
A disclaimer is in effect here: I don't work with HPs very much. There
may easily have been some itsy-bitsy little flag someplace that solved
[...let's move this to comp.sys.sun*...]
Funny how we just assume Sun, isn't it?
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