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Old 06-22-2006, 03:08 PM   #1
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Client side NIS login problem

Hi All.
Thanks in advance for any help.
When logging in as an nis user NIS1, I recieve an error "your session only lasted less that 10 seconds"
I am running RHEL 4 on both client and server, no firewall configured.
The rest of the error message follws.

(~/.xsession-error file)
/etc/X11/gdm/PreSession/default: Registering your sessio with wtmp and utmp
/etc/X11/gdm/Presession/Default: running: /usr/bin/X11/sessreg -a -w /var/run/utmp -x "/var/gdm/: 0.Xservers" -h""-l":0" "nis1"

(gnome-session:2949): libgnomevfs-WARNING **: unable to create ~/.gnome directory: Premission denied

could not create per-user gnome configuration directory `/rhome/nis1/.gnome2/`: permission denied
The server is exporting:
/rhome/nisdir/nis1 *

client auto.master is as follows:
/rhome/nisdir/nis1 /etc/auto.misc
/rhome/nis1 /etc/auto.misc

client auto.misc
* -rw *:/rhome/nisdir/nis1/&
* -rw *:/rhome/nis1/&

ran authconfig

# mount <cr> shows

mounted as autofs.

#ypcat passwd retuns with remote passwd file including user NIS1.
autofs has mounted the above exported directories.
Trying to over come the problem I have given the mounted directories rwx permissions.
#chmod -R 777 /rhome to allow user to have full access.

What am I missing?
As a newbie I searched the internet for clues as to what I am doing wrong. must be searching for the wrong thing.

Your help is greatly appreciated


Last edited by kazador; 06-22-2006 at 04:51 PM.
Old 06-24-2006, 02:59 AM   #2
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Distribution: RedHat, Slackware, Experimenting with FreeBSD
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Location of NIS server

Hi kazador,

Your autofs configurations stated:

* -rw *:/rhome/nisdir/nis1/&
* -rw *:/rhome/nis1/&
Where is your NIS server located? Are you running it on the same machine you are running your client from? If not you will need to specify the IP address or hostname of your NIS server as follows:

* -rw <IPADDRESS>:/rhome/nisdir/&
* -rw <IPADDRESS>:/rhome/nis1/&

If you are logging in as user 'nis1' then your exports in /etc/exports should be:

/rhome/nisdir *(rw,sync)

/etc/auto.master should be set to:

/rhome/nisdir /etc/auto.misc

/etc/auto.misc should be set to:

* -fstype=ext3 <IPADDRESS>:/rhome/nisdir/&
Old 06-26-2006, 05:39 PM   #3
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Hi SlackDaemon,

Thanks for the info.
The server is a separate device: ip
subnet mask for both:
no firewall installed on client or server.
As far as specifying the ip address of the nis server, my understanding is that the * in place of the ip allows for a backup nis server to respond without having to modify the autofs config files if the primary server goes down.

In any case I modified the /etc/exports file on the server as recommended, as well as modifying the /auto.master and the auto.misc.

Unfortunately I was still unable to login as NIS1.

I tried another approach and was able to accomplish my goals, but not quite meeting the citeria.
I modified the auto.master as follows:
/rhome/nisdir/* /etc/auto.misc
/rhome/nis1/* /etc/auto.misc

and the auto.misc as follows:
* -fstype=ext3 *:/rhome/nisdir/&
* -fstype=ext3 *:/rhome/nis1/&

and as I stated before, I modified the exports file on the server to reflect your recommendations.

The above modifications allow me to login as NIS1.
I am wondering if configuring in this way will cause difficulties in the future.
Oh well just wondering in text.
Again thanks for you help, and if you have anymore suggestions please let me know.



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