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YPBIND(8)			   BSD System Manager's Manual				YPBIND(8)

NAME
     ypbind -- create and maintain a binding to a YP server

SYNOPSIS
     ypbind [-ypset] [-ypsetme] [-insecure]

DESCRIPTION
     ypbind finds the server for a particular YP domain and stores information about it in a
     binding file. This binding information includes the IP address of the server associated with
     that particular domain and which port the server is using.  This information is stored in
     the directory /var/yp/binding in a file named with the convention DOMAINNAME.version. (The
     YP system only supplies information on version 2.)

     When ypbind starts the primary domain (or gets the first request for a new domain), it
     checks if a file for the domain in question exists in the directory /etc/yp/ (ie.
     /etc/yp/DOMAINNAME).  If such a file exists, it will list the hosts which ypbind should
     restrict it's server search to.  Otherwise, ypbind assumes it will need to use broadcasts to
     find a valid server.  Using either of these techniques, ypbind will search for a server
     willing to serve maps for the client's domain.  Once a binding is established, ypbind main-
     tains this binding by periodically communicating with the server to which it is bound.  If
     the binding is somehow lost, e.g by server reboot, ypbind marks the domain as unbound and
     attempts to re-establish the binding.  When the binding is once again successful, ypbind
     marks the domain as bound and resumes its periodic check.

     The options are as follows:

     -ypset    ypset(8) may be used to change the server to which a domain is bound.

     -ypsetme  ypset(8) may be used only from this machine to change the server to which a domain
	       is bound.

     -insecure
	       permit binding to a ypserv(8) on a non-reserved port.  This is needed if receiving
	       maps from SunOS 3.x or Ultrix.

     The -ypset and -ypsetme options are dangerous and should be avoided.  For greatest security,
     the use of a server list in /etc/yp/DOMAINNAME is recommended.  The file should contain a
     list of valid YP server hostnames, with one hostname per line.  The comment character is #.

     If the directory /var/yp/binding exists, YP is started automatically at boot time by
     /etc/rc.

FILES
     /var/yp/binding/DOMAINNAME.version - binding file for domainname /etc/yp/DOMAINNNAME -
     server list for this particular domain

SEE ALSO
     domainname(1), ypcat(1), ypmatch(1), yppoll(8), ypset(8), ypwhich(1), ypserv(8), yp(8)

AUTHOR
     Theo de Raadt

BSD					 October 25, 1994				      BSD
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