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Old 03-10-2006, 02:06 AM   #1
Registered: Aug 2004
Location: Jaipur(Rajasthan), INDIA
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NIS : Home dir not mounted


I have configured an NIS server

The following RPMs are installed : portmap, ypserv, make

Then i followed the followed the followinfg process:

#vi /var/yp/Makefile

edited the line

all: passwd group hosts netid \

saved & exit

I created a user #useradd -d /rhome/myhome nis1
#passwd nis1

then I ran the following commands

#service portmap restart
#service ypserv restart
#service yppasswdd restart
#/usr/lib/yp/ypinit -m

All the commands were executed successfully

ON THE CLIENT I executed the following commands

The following rpms are installed portmap, ypbind, yp-tools, authconfig, authconfig-gtk

I selected

Under User Info Under Authentication

* Use NIS *Use MD5 Passwords
*Use Shadow Passwords

Then I entered the Domain and Server on the next page..

The after clicking OK it was able to connect to NIS server.

ypwhich worked fine

After the above steps were done I was able to log in with the remote user on the server..

Then to mount the home directory of the user nis1 I exported the home directory

#vi /etc/exports

save & exit

#service nfs restart


#vi /etc/auto.master
/rhome /etc/auto.home

save & exit

#vi /etc/auto.home
nis1 -rw,soft,intr

save & exit

#service autofs start

After this I tried logging again with the remote user

it says
No Directory /rhome/myhome!

login was successful but the home directory was not mounted...Although client knows that the home dir is /rhome/myhome on the server

showmount on client shows the exported directories on the server
I m trying this for the last 2 days...but still there...

Help...May be I m missing some of the options...
Old 03-11-2006, 05:17 AM   #2
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Did you manually create the home directory on the server? Without the -m switch useradd does NOT create the new directory.

Don't have autofs on this box so can't check things but from memory looks like you are trying to mount to /rhome on the client. Does /rhome exist on client?

Aside: to each his own but I use /home/users/[me me1 me2] on the server and then create /home/users on each client, letting autofs mount me or me1... under that point.

Keep trucking
Old 03-11-2006, 10:28 AM   #3
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Absolutely correct....I have /rhome dir on my client. it has a subdir myhome. I discovered it after I posted the issue.... But I don know how & when was it created because I never created it...
Now I have 2 users on the server- nis1 & nis2 .. nis1 has the home dir as /rhome/myhome and nis2 has /rhome/nis2... now nis1 is able to log in with its home dir mounted but nis2 is not able to mount the home dir although it is able to log in...
I have done this many times before... but this scenario never occurred to me...
The root user on client can enter /rhome but not /myhome... it shows "permission denied"...

I still have no clue how to proceed....


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