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NICKNAMES(5)						      BSD File Formats Manual						      NICKNAMES(5)

nicknames -- map nickname translation file for NIS (YP) DESCRIPTION
The ypcat(1), ypmatch(1), and ypwhich(1) commands reference NIS (YP) maps as specified by the user. Occasionally it is desirable to use a shorthand reference for a longer map name, hence the nicknames file, kept in ``/var/yp/nicknames.'' The format of the file is nickname map one pair per line. The default installed nickname map is as follows: passwd passwd.byname group group.byname networks networks.byaddr hosts hosts.byname protocols protocols.bynumber services services.byname aliases aliases.byname ethers ethers.byname master.passwd master.passwd.byname A blank or incomplete nicknames file will affect any scripts which use nicknames for map lookup, whereas if the file is simply missing, the default compiled-in list will be used. SEE ALSO
ypcat(1), ypmatch(1), ypwhich(1) HISTORY
The nicknames file first appeared in Solaris 2.4. BSD
August 28, 2003 BSD

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YPWHICH(1)						    BSD General Commands Manual 						YPWHICH(1)

ypwhich -- return hostname of NIS server of map master SYNOPSIS
ypwhich [-T] [-d domain] [[-h] host] ypwhich [-fTt] [-d domain] [-h host] -m [mname] ypwhich -x DESCRIPTION
ypwhich tells which NIS server supplies NIS services to a client, or which is the master for a map. If invoked without arguments, it gives the NIS server for the local machine. If host is specified, that machine is queried to find out which NIS server it is using. The options are as follows: -d domain Specify a domain other than the default domain. -f When used in conjunction with -m, force ypwhich to query host directly, without using the local copy of ypbind(8). -h host Specify a host other than localhost to query for information. -m [mname] Find the master NIS server for the named map. mname can be a map name or nickname. If mname is omitted, ypwhich will produce a list of available maps. -T Use TCP protocol instead of UDP. -t Inhibit translation of map nicknames to their corresponding map names. -x Display the map nickname table, found in /var/yp/nicknames. A built-in default translation table is used if /var/yp/nicknames does not exist (see nicknames(5) for details). EXIT STATUS
ypwhich exits with a non-zero exit code if -m is used, and there was a problem in determining the map's master. SEE ALSO
domainname(1), ypcat(1), ypmatch(1), nicknames(5), nis(8), ypbind(8), yppoll(8), ypset(8) AUTHORS
Charles D. Cranor Greywolf BSD
January 24, 2008 BSD
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