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     ypbind - NIS binder process

     /usr/lib/netsvc/yp/ypbind [-broadcast | -ypset | -ypsetme]

     NIS provides a simple network lookup service  consisting  of
     databases  and  processes.  The  databases are stored at the
     machine that runs an NIS server  process.  The  programmatic
     interface  to NIS is described in ypclnt(3NSL).  Administra-
     tive tools are  described  in  ypinit(1M),  ypwhich(1),  and
     ypset(1M).  Tools  to  see  the  contents  of  NIS  maps are
     described in ypcat(1), and ypmatch(1).

     ypbind is a daemon  process  that  is  activated  at  system
     startup  time  from the svc:/network/nis/client:default ser-
     vice. By default, it is invoked as ypbind -broadcast. ypbind
     runs  on all client machines that are set up to use NIS. See
     sysidtool(1M). The function of ypbind is to remember  infor-
     mation that lets all NIS client processes on a node communi-
     cate with some NIS server process. ypbind must run on  every
     machine  which  has NIS client processes. The NIS server may
     or may not be running on the same node, but must be  running
     somewhere on the network. If the NIS server is a NIS+ server
     in NIS (YP) compatibility mode, see the NOTES section of the
     ypfiles(4)man page for more information.

     The information ypbind remembers is called a binding  -  the
     association  of a domain name with a NIS server. The process
     of binding is driven by client requests.  As a  request  for
     an  unbound  domain comes in, if started with the -broadcast
     option, the ypbind process  broadcasts on the net trying  to
     find  an  NIS  server,  either  a ypserv process serving the
     domain or an rpc.nisd  process  in  "YP-compatibility  mode"
     serving  NIS+  directory  with name the same as (case sensi-
     tive) the domain in the client request. Since the binding is
     established by broadcasting,  there must be at least one NIS
     server on the net. If started without the -broadcast option,
     ypbind  process  steps  through the list of NIS servers that
     was created by ypinit -c for  the  requested  domain.  There
     must  be  an NIS server process on at least one of the hosts
     in the NIS servers file. All the hosts in  the  NIS  servers
     file  must be listed in the /etc/hosts file along with their
     IP addresses. Once a domain is bound by  ypbind,  that  same
     binding  is  given  to every client process on the node. The
     ypbind process on the local node or a  remote  node  may  be
     queried  for the binding of a particular domain by using the
     ypwhich(1) command.

     If ypbind is unable to speak to the NIS server process it is
     bound  to,  it marks the domain as unbound, tells the client
     process that the domain is unbound, and tries  to  bind  the
     domain  once  again. Requests received for an unbound domain
     will wait until the requested domain is bound. In general, a
     bound  domain is marked as unbound when the node running the
     NIS server crashes or  gets  overloaded.  In  such  a  case,
     ypbind will try to bind to another NIS server using the pro-
     cess described above.ypbind also accepts requests to set its
     binding  for  a  particular  domain.  The request is usually
     generated by the ypset(1M) command. In order  for  ypset  to
     work,  ypbind must have been invoked with flags -ypset or  -

     -broadcast    Send a broadcast datagram using  UDP/IP   that
                   requests  the  information needed to bind to a
                   specific NIS server. This option is  analogous
                   to  ypbind  with  no  options  in  earlier Sun
                   releases and is recommended for ease of use.

     -ypset        Allow users from any remote machine to  change
                   the  binding by means of the ypset command. By
                   default, no one can change the  binding.  This
                   option is insecure.

     -ypsetme      Only allow root on the local machine to change
                   the  binding  to  a desired server by means of
                   the ypset  command.   ypbind  can  verify  the
                   caller is indeed a root user by accepting such
                   requests only on the  loopback  transport.  By
                   default,  no  external  process can change the



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

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

     svcs(1),  ypcat(1),  ypmatch(1),  ypwhich(1),  ifconfig(1M),
     rpc.nisd(1M),     svcadm(1M),     ypinit(1M),     ypset(1M),
     ypclnt(3NSL), hosts(4), ypfiles(4), attributes(5), smf(5)

     ypbind supports multiple domains. The   ypbind  process  can
     maintain  bindings to several domains and their servers, the
     default domain is the one specified by  the   domainname(1M)
     command at startup time.

     The -broadcast option works only on the UDP transport. It is
     insecure  since  it  trusts  "any"  machine  on the net that
     responds to the broadcast request and poses itself as an NIS

     The ypbind service is  managed  by  the  service  management
     facility, smf(5), under the service identifier:


     Administrative actions on this service,  such  as  enabling,
     disabling,  or  requesting  restart,  can be performed using
     svcadm(1M). The service's status can be  queried  using  the
     svcs(1) command.

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