ypxfr (8) - Linux Man Pagesypxfr - transfer NIS database from remote server to local host
/usr/lib/yp/ypxfr [-f] [-c] [-d
target domain] [-h source host] [-s source domain] [-C taskid program-number ipaddr port] [-p yp_path] mapname...
If run interactively, ypxfr writes its output to stderr. However, if it is invoked without a controlling terminal, it will log the output to syslog.
ypxfr is used primarily in environments where several NIS servers are in use. For all maps, you have a NIS master server, which maintains a canonical copy of the NIS map, and all the other servers, the NIS slaves, copy the new version of the map from the master whenever a update was made. Normally, you have one NIS master for all maps.
In order to maintain consistency across all NIS servers, ypxfr can be run periodically in a cron job. Maps which change infrequently need only be updated once a day (preferably late at night when system usage is lowest), where those with frequent changes (such as passwd.byname and passwd.byuid ) should be updated perhaps once every hour. Examples are in FC/usr/lib/yp: ypxfr_1perday, ypxfr_2perday,F and ypxfr_1perhour. They can serve as reasonable first cuts.
Normally all updates should be propagated by yppush when FC/var/yp/MakefileF is run on the NIS master server, however it is a good practice on large networks where possible outages could cause NIS slaves to fall out of sync with the master.
The following options are supported:
- Force a map transfer. Normally, ypxfr will not transfer a map if it determines that the NIS master's copy is not newer than the existing copy already on the local host. This flag forces a transfer regardless of which server's version is more recent.
- Do not send a "clear current map" request to the ypserv process running on the local host. This flag is normally used when invoking ypxfr by ypinit or if ypserv is not running locally at the time you are running ypxfr. Otherwise, ypxfr will complain that it cannot talk to the local ypserv, and the transfer will fail.
- Specify a domain other than the default NIS domain.
-h source host
- Get the map from host, regardless of what the map says the master is. If host is not specified, ypxfr asks the NIS service for the name of the master, and tries to get the map from there. This option is used to insure that ypxfr only copies maps from the NIS master server.
-s source domain
- Specify a source domain from which to transfer a map that should be the same across domains.
-C taskid progam-number ipaddr port
- This option is only for use by ypserv . When ypserv invokes ypxfr, it specifies that ypxfr should call back a yppush process at the host with IP address ipaddr, registered as program number progam-number, listening on port port, and waiting for a response to transaction taskid.
- Change the directory for the maps to yp_path/[domainname]/, the default is FC/var/yp/[domainname]F.
- One or more names of the map to transfer.
Thorsten Kukuk <kukuk [at] linux-nis.org>