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System Administration Guide: Naming and Directory Services (NIS+)
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Part I About Naming and Directory Services

1.  Name Service Switch

Part II NIS+ Setup and Configuration

2.  NIS+: An Introduction

3.  NIS+ Setup Scripts

4.  Configuring NIS+ With Scripts

5.  Setting Up the NIS+ Root Domain

6.  Configuring NIS+ Clients

7.  Configuring NIS+ Servers

8.  Configuring an NIS+ Non-Root Domain

9.  Setting Up NIS+ Tables

Part III NIS+ Administration

10.  NIS+ Tables and Information

11.  NIS+ Security Overview

12.  Administering NIS+ Credentials

13.  Administering NIS+ Keys

14.  Administering Enhanced NIS+ Security Credentials

15.  Administering NIS+ Access Rights

16.  Administering NIS+ Passwords

17.  Administering NIS+ Groups

18.  Administering NIS+ Directories

19.  Administering NIS+ Tables

20.  NIS+ Server Use Customization

21.  NIS+ Backup and Restore

22.  Removing NIS+

23.  Information in NIS+ Tables

NIS+ Tables

NIS+ Tables and Other Name Services

NIS+ Table Input File Format

auto_home NIS+ Table

auto_master NIS+ Table

bootparams NIS+ Table

client_info NIS+ Table

cred NIS+ Table

ethers NIS+ Table

group NIS+ Table

hosts NIS+ Table

mail_aliases NIS+ Table

netgroup NIS+ Table

netmasks NIS+ Table

networks NIS+ Table

passwd NIS+ Table

protocols NIS+ Table

rpc NIS+ Table

services NIS+ Table

timezone NIS+ Table

Additional Default Tables

24.  NIS+ Troubleshooting

A.  NIS+ Error Messages

About NIS+ Error Messages

Common NIS+ Namespace Error Messages

B.  Updates to NIS+ During the Solaris 10 Release

Solaris 10 and NIS+



auto_master NIS+ Table

The auto_master table lists all the automounter maps in a domain. For direct maps, the auto_master table provides a map name. For indirect maps, it provides both a map name and the top directory of its mount point. The auto_master table has two columns.

Table 23-2 auto_master Table

Mount point
The top directory into which the map will be mounted. If the map is a direct map, this is a dummy directory, represented with /-.
Map name
The name of the automounter map

For example, assume these entries in the auto_master table:

/home auto_home
 /programs auto_programs

The first entry names the auto_home map. It specifies the top directory of the mount point for all entries in the auto_home map: /home. (The auto_home map is an indirect map.) The second entry names theauto_man map. Because that map is a direct map, the entry provides only the map name. The auto_man map will itself provide the topmost directory, as well as the full path name, of the mount points for each of its entries. The third entry names the auto_programs map and, since it provides the top directory of the mount point, the auto_programs map is an indirect map.

All automounter maps are stored as NIS+ tables. By default, the Solaris system provides the auto_master map, which is mandatory, and the auto_home map, which is a great convenience.

You can create more automounter maps for a domain, but be sure to store them as NIS+ tables and list them in the auto_master table. When creating additional automount maps to supplement auto_master (which is created for you), the column names must be key and value. For more information about the automounter consult your automounter or NFS file system documentation.