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YPBIND(8)			   ypbind-mt			     YPBIND(8)

       ypbind - NIS binding process

       ypbind [-c] [-d | -debug] [-verbose] [-broadcast] [-broken-server]
	      [-ypset] [-ypsetme] [-no-ping] [-p port] [-f configfile]
	      [-local-only] [-ping-interval ping-interval] [-no-dbus]

       ypbind --version

       ypbind finds the server for NIS domains and maintains the NIS binding
       information. The client (normaly the NIS routines in the standard C
       library) could get the information over RPC from ypbind or read the
       binding files. The binding files resides in the directory
       /var/yp/binding and are conventionally named [domainname].[version].
       The supported versions are 1 and 2. There could be several such files
       since it is possible for an NIS client to be bound to more than one

       After a binding has been established, ypbind will send YPPROC_DOMAIN
       requests to the current NIS server at 20 seconds intervals. If it
       doesn't get an response or the NIS server reports that he doesn't have
       this domain any longer, ypbind will search for a new NIS server. All 15
       minutes ypbind will check to see if the current NIS server is the
       fastest. If it find a server which answers faster, it will switch to
       this server. You could tell ypbind to use network broadcasts to find a
       new server, what is insecure, or you could give it a list of known
       secure servers. In this case ypbind will send a ping to all servers and
       binds to first one which answers.

       Unless the option -debug is used, ypbind detaches itself from the
       controlling terminal and puts itself into background.  ypbind uses
       syslog(3) for logging errors and warnings. At startup or when receiving
       signal SIGHUP, ypbind parses the file /etc/yp.conf and tries to use the
       entries for its initial binding.

       A broadcast entry in the configuration file will overwrite a
       ypserver/server entry and a ypserver/server entry broadcast. If all
       given server are down, ypbind will not switch to use broadcast.	ypbind
       will try at first /etc/hosts and then DNS for resolving the hosts names
       from /etc/yp.conf. If ypbind couldn't reconfigure the search order, it
       will use only DNS. If DNS isn't available, you could only use
       IP-addresses in /etc/hosts.  ypbind could only reconfigure the search
       order with glibc 2.x. If the -broadcast option is specified, ypbind
       will ignore the configuration file. If the file does not exist or if
       there are no valid entries, ypbind exit.

       This ypbind version listens for DBUS messages from NetworkManager. If
       no NetworkManager is running at startup, ypbind will behave as usual
       and assumes there is a working network connection. If NetworkManager is
       running on the system, ypbind will only search and providde NIS
       informations, if NetworkManager tells that a network connection is
       available. If NetworkManager establishes a connection, ypbind will
       reread all configuration files, registers at the local portmapper and
       try to search NIS servers. If NetworkManager drops a connection, ypbind
       will unregister from portmapper.

	  Send a broadcast to request the information needed to bind to a
	  specific NIS server. With this option, /etc/yp.conf will be ignored.

	  Allow root from any remote machine to change the binding for a
	  domain via the ypset(8) command. By default, no one can change the
	  binding. This option is really insecure. If you change a binding for
	  a domain, all the current known servers for this domain will be
	  forgotten. If the new server goes down, ypbind will use the old

	  The same as -ypset, but only root on the local machine is allowed to
	  chang the binding. Such requests are only allowd from loopback.

       -c ypbind only checks if the config file has syntax errors and exits.

	  starts ypbind in debug mode.	ypbind will not put itself into
	  background, and error messages and debug output are written to
	  standard error.

	  Causes ypbind to syslog(2) any and all changes in the server its
	  bound to.

	  lets ypbind accept answers from servers running on an illegal port
	  number. This should usually be avoided, but is required by some
	  ypserv(8) versions.

	  ypbind will not check if the binding is alive. This option is for
	  use with dialup connections to prevent ypbind from keeping the
	  connection unnessecarily open or causing autodials.

       -p port
	  ypbind will bind itself to this port.	 This makes it possible to
	  have a router filter packets to the NIS ports, so that access to
	  this service from hosts on the Internet can be restricted.

       -f configfile
	  ypbind will use configfile and not /etc/yp.conf

	  ypbind will only bind to the loopback device and is not reacheable
	  from a remote network.

       -ping-interval ping-interval
	  The default value for ypbind to check, if a NIS server is still
	  reacheable, is 20 seconds. With this options another frequency in
	  seconds can be specified.

	  Disables DBUS support if compiled in.

	  Prints the version number

	  configuration file.

	  binding file containing information about each NIS domain.

	  contains the process id of the currently running ypbind master

       syslog(3), domainname(1), yp.conf(5), ypdomainname(8), ypwhich(1),
       ypserv(8), ypset(8)

       ypbind-mt was written by Thorsten Kukuk <kukuk@thkukuk.de>.

ypbind-mt			  10/04/2006			     YPBIND(8)