NIS interoperability with Linux, was Re: Following directions doesn't seem to work: Adding users in NIS

Manolis Kiagias sonicy at
Mon Oct 15 21:29:32 PDT 2007

Olivier Nicole wrote:
>> Linux doesn't normally use master.passwd.  If I recall correctly, it
>> uses /etc/shadow instead (but I don't have such a box at hand right now
>> to check).  And yes, the internal format is different (and, again, I don't
>> remember details).
> If I am not wrong, NIS does not know anything about master.passwd or
> shadow, it has only passwd.byname passwd.byuid as password maps, both
> maps including password in them.
> Olivier
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You are probably right, I don't remember the exact files right now, the
thing is the maps are not linux compatible, so if anyone has a NIS
Makefile for this, I'd be glad to get a copy. I already tried a patch I
found but was not successful.

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