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Re: /usr/etc and /usr/local/etc?

On Thu, Oct 07, 1999 at 07:53:42PM +1000, Herbert Xu wrote:
> goswin.brederlow@student.uni-tuebingen.de wrote:
> >
> > The problem is that NIS does not work, crashes, fills a lot of garbage 
> > int /var/log until linux crashes, has strange behaviour and is pretty
> > useless for a pool of diskless maschines.
> Really? I personally have had no such bad experience with NIS.  Would you to
> care to file a few bug reports?

Not only does it work fine, but even in heterogeneous environments with
Sun Solaris and Debian machines (both sparc and i386) - perfectly fine.

> > Think about a pool of 100 diskless terminals all having a copy of
> > /etc/resolve.conf and many other files in etc. Now consider changing
> > the nameserver for the terminals. Its a problem of space and
> > administrativ work that makes me want a /usr/etc or
> > /etc/share. At the moment one has to copy the shareable files to
> > /etc/share and symlink them in /etc.
> No, this is what NIS is for.

Exactly and it is seamlessly integrated with nsswitch.conf lookups.
However, it *is* limited to files that have lookup keys available -
e.g., passwd works fine but init.d scripts probably can't use this.

I don't know LDAP and I'm sure someone will correct me if I'm wrong,
but isn't it possible to set up LDAP to fill this role as well?

Steve Bowman <sbowman@goodnet.com><bowmanc@acm.org>
Buckeye, AZ

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