[CentOS] Need to restart ypserv to update the nis maps

James Pearson james-p at moving-picture.com
Mon Aug 11 15:11:28 UTC 2008

Theo Band wrote:
> Hi
> I use NIS om my network (CentOS4.6). When an update on a map occurs 
> (home directory changed in /etc/passwd for instance), I run make -C 
> /var/yp/ and check the result on a client. On the client I use "ypcat 
> passwd" and find indeed that the update has propagated (the clients run 
> ypbind service). On the client I have configured /etc/nsswitch.conf with :
> passwd:     files nis
> shadow:     files nis
> group:      files nis
> The problem is however that on the client, if I try to use the new data, 
> it still uses the old one. For instance "cd ~john" still directs me to 
> the old path instead of to the updated path (as correctly reported by 
> "ypcat passwd").
> To solve it I need to restart the ypserv service on the nis server for 
> every change.
> Does anyone now what could be the problem or where I should look? 
> Apparently the OS gets password and user info using another way than the 
> ypcat tool.

Are your running nscd on the clients?

If so, try disabling nscd and see if that make a difference.

James Pearson

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