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

Kevin Kinsey kdk at
Mon Oct 15 11:55:11 PDT 2007

David Benfell wrote:
> Hello all,
> 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?

Stupid question here, so I'll be the one to ask (seems a perfect
job for a troll like me), did you read pw.conf(5)?

Kevin Kinsey
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