Following directions doesn't seem to work: Adding users in NIS

Lowell Gilbert freebsd-questions-local at
Mon Oct 15 07:54:46 PDT 2007

David Benfell <benfell at> writes:

> Where are there working directions for adding users under NIS?
> The instructions in the FreeBSD handbook don't seem to result in
> added users being propagated out to slaves.  And the failure is
> silent, so I have no idea what I'm really supposed to be doing
> to make this work.
> All I know is that added users end up in the main /etc/passwd
> and /etc/master.passwd; the -Y option to pw seems to change nothing
> other than to consume time "updating" (but I don't know what, since
> the changes I'm looking for don't appear) various maps and "pushing"
> the maps.
> And, having evidently done the *wrong* thing, how do I fix the
> added users so they now appear in NIS?

adduser(8) doesn't know anything about NIS.  I don't know any
automated way of adding users to a NIS map, but my home network is
small enough that I don't bother.

What you want to do is move the users' entries from master.passwd into
your NIS master file, and rebuild the maps.  

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