Bug 6103 - ypbind does not find users properly
ypbind does not find users properly
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: ypbind (Show other bugs)
i386 Linux
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Assigned To: Cristian Gafton
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Reported: 1999-10-19 17:56 EDT by adler
Modified: 2008-05-01 11:37 EDT (History)
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Last Closed: 2000-02-03 21:39:00 EST
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Description adler 1999-10-19 17:56:32 EDT
I just had a strange insident. A user came by complaining
that he
couldn't log into one of our linux boxes. All of them use
NIS which
is served from an SGI system running IRIX 5.3. I tried doing
su - username and got the error that the username was not a
one.(the extact text of the mssage was "su: user username
does not exist")
But it did work on the other linux boxes. I then restarted

  cd /etc/rc.d/init.d
  ./ypbind restart


and the su command worked. Before doing the ypbind restart,
I did try
out one other account and the su into that account did work.

If this happens again, is there a better way of diagnosing
the problem?

Comment 1 Cristian Gafton 2000-02-03 21:39:59 EST
ypbind takes a while (~1min) to detect that an NIS server is down and to connect
to another one, and then if and only if the /etc/yp.conf permits broadcasting
for a certain domain

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