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updaters(4)				   File Formats 			      updaters(4)

       updaters - configuration file for NIS updating


       The file /var/yp/updaters is a makefile (see make(1S)) which is used for updating the Net-
       work Information Service (NIS) databases. Databases can only be updated in a  secure  net-
       work, that is, one that has a publickey(4) database. Each entry in the file is a make tar-
       get for a particular NIS database.  For	example,  if  there  is  an  NIS  database  named
       passwd.byname  that  can  be updated, there should be a make target named passwd.byname in
       the updaters file with the command to update the file.

       The information necessary to make the update is passed to the update command through stan-
       dard input. The information passed is described below (all items are followed by a NEWLINE
       except for 4 and 6):

       1.    Network name of client wishing to make the update (a string).

       2.    Kind of update (an integer).

       3.    Number of bytes in key (an integer).

       4.    Actual bytes of key.

       5.    Number of bytes in data (an integer).

       6.    Actual bytes of data.

       After receiving this information through standard input, the command  to update	the  par-
       ticular	database  determines whether the user is  allowed to make the change.  If not, it
       exits with the status YPERR_ACCESS. If the user is allowed to make the change, the command
       makes  the   change and exits with a status of zero. If there are any errors that may pre-
       vent the  updaters from making the change, it should exit with the status that  matches	a
       valid NIS error code described in <rpcsvc/ypclnt.h>.

       /var/yp/updaters    The makefile used for updating the  NIS databases.

       make(1S), rpc.ypupdated(1M), publickey(4)

       The  Network  Information  Service (NIS) was formerly known as Sun Yellow Pages (YP).  The
       functionality of the two remains the same; only the name  has  changed.	The  name  Yellow
       Pages  is  a registered trademark in the United Kingdom of British Telecommunications plc,
       and may not be used without permission.

SunOS 5.11				   24 Oct 1996				      updaters(4)
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