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Old 06-13-2002
Question What hapens if a group member doesn't exist?

As part of a NIS implementation, (I think) I want to create a group (in /etc/group) that has users that do not exist on the target machine.

What effect will this have? Will it cause any problems?


Gary Cooper
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Old 06-13-2002
default to Master first.

If I remember correctly, authentication for users in an NIS environment is to validate with the master /etc/passwd /etc/group first. You can force a user to validate on the client machine, but the default is to validate on the Master.

Because you can have users defined on the Master that aren't defined in the client's passwd file and still be able to logon. Typically most client passwd files will only contain root and system related IDs and not much else.

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