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     nisping - send ping to NIS+ servers

     /usr/lib/nis/nisping [-uf] [-H hostname] [-r | directory]

     /usr/lib/nis/nisping -C [-a] [-H hostname] [directory]

     In the first SYNOPSIS line,  the  nisping  command  sends  a
     ``ping''  to  all  replicas  of  an  NIS+  directory. Once a
     replica receives a ping,  it  will  check  with  the  master
     server  for  the  directory to get updates. Prior to pinging
     the replicas, this command attempts to  determine  the  last
     update "seen" by a replica and the last update logged by the
     master. If these two timestamps are the same,  the  ping  is
     not sent. The -f (force) option will override this feature.

     Under normal circumstances, NIS+ replica servers get the new
     information from the master NIS+ server within a short time.
     Therefore, there should not be any need to use nisping.

     In the second SYNOPSIS line, the nisping -C command sends  a
     checkpoint request to the servers. If no directory is speci-
     fied, the home domain, as  returned  by  nisdefaults(1),  is
     checkpointed.  If all directories, served by a given server,
     have to be checkpointed, then use the -a option.

     On receiving a checkpoint request, the servers would  commit
     all  the  updates for the given directory from the table log
     files to the database files. This command, if  sent  to  the
     master  server,  will  also  send updates to the replicas if
     they are out of date. This  option  is  needed  because  the
     database  log  files  for  NIS+ are not automatically check-
     pointed. nisping should be used at frequent intervals  (such
     as  once  a  day) to checkpoint the NIS+ database log files.
     This command can be added to the  crontab(1)  file.  If  the
     database  log  files  are not checkpointed, their sizes will
     continue to grow.

     If the server specified by the -H option does not serve  the
     directory, then no ping is sent.

     Per-server and per-directory access restrictions may  apply;
     see  nisopaccess(1).  nisping  uses  NIS_CPTIME and NIS_PING
     (resync (ping) of replicas), or NIS_CHECKPOINT  (for  check-
     point).  Since  the  NIS_PING  operation  does  not return a
     status, the nisping command is typically unable to  indicate
     success or failure for resyncs.


     -a              Checkpoint all directories on the server.

     -C              Send a request to checkpoint, rather than  a
                     ping,  to  each server. The servers schedule
                     to commit all  the  transactions  to  stable

     -H hostname     Only the host hostname  is  sent  the  ping,
                     checked for an update time, or checkpointed.

     -f              Force a ping,  even  though  the  timestamps
                     indicate  there  is no reason to do so. This
                     option is useful for debugging.

     -r              This option can be used  to  update  or  get
                     status  about  the root object from the root
                     servers, especially when new  root  replicas
                     are added or deleted from the list.

                     If used without -u option, -r  will  send  a
                     ping request to the servers serving the root
                     domain. When the replicas  receive  a  ping,
                     they   will  update  their  root  object  if

                     The -r option can be  used  with  all  other
                     options  except with the -C option; the root
                     object need not be checkpointed.

     -u              Display the time  of  the  last  update;  no
                     servers are sent a ping.

     -1              No servers were  contacted,  or  the  server
                     specified by the -H switch could not be con-

     0               Success.

     1               Some, but not all, servers were successfully

     Example 1: Using nisping

     This example pings all replicas of the default domain:

     example% nisping

     Note that  this  example  will  not  ping  the  org_dir  and
     groups_dir subdirectories within this domain.

     This example pings the server example which is a replica  of
     the org_dir.foo.com. directory:

     example% nisping -H example org_dir.foo.com.

     This example checkpoints all servers of the org_dir.bar.com.

     example% nisping -C org_dir.bar.com.

     NIS_PATH                If this variable  is  set,  and  the
                             NIS+  directory  name  is  not fully
                             qualified, each directory  specified
                             will be searched until the directory
                             is found.

     See attributes(5) for descriptions of the  following  attri-

    |       ATTRIBUTE TYPE        |       ATTRIBUTE VALUE       |
    | Availability                | SUNWnisu                    |

     crontab(1), nisdefaults(1), nisopaccess(1), nislog(1M), nis-
     files(4), attributes(5)

     NIS+ might not  be  supported  in  future  releases  of  the
     Solaris  operating  system.  Tools to aid the migration from
     NIS+ to LDAP are available in the current  Solaris  release.
     For            more            information,            visit

Man pages from Solaris 10 Update 8. See docs.sun.com and www.oracle.com for further documentation and Solaris information.