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

hosts NIS+ Table

The hosts table associates the names of all the machines in a domain with their IP addresses. The machines are usually also NIS+ clients, but they don't have to be. Other tables, such as bootparams, group, and netgroup, rely on the network names stored in this table. They use them to assign other attributes, such as home directories and group memberships, to individual machines. The hosts table has four columns.

Table 23–7 hosts Table




The machine's IP address (network number plus machine ID number) 


The machine's official name 


A name used in place of the host name to identify the machine 


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