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Old 03-01-2004, 08:45 AM   #1
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NIS Question


I have a RH9 box that acts as a fileserver. My second computer has Fedora 1 on it, and I want to upgrade to KDE 3.2. I also want to switch my network to NIS authentication, because having separate user names and group names is starting to show some issues, such as listing a directory mounted in NFS (uid and gid show up as numbers, instead of the usernames). So i know that the "name1" on one box isn't the same UID as the "name1" on the fileserver.

However, I tried this once before with suse 9.0. I was able to log in, but starting KDE, it would complain that /home/user was not created, and there were all kinds of problems. Is NIS supposed to mount the fileserver's copy of your home directory some how? If so, is it ok to share some files, such as .kde, if you have two different versions of KDE on the NIS client and NIS Server machine? If I want to be able to use KDE on both machines, how could that be accomplished?

Thanks in advance,
Old 03-12-2004, 09:10 PM   #2
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I've built a NIS network at my office from scratch. Look into using AMD (Auto Mounting Daemon) with NIS. You'll also need to configure NFS.

To explain things in a short version.

Share out your password, group, and hosts file with NIS

Create a NIS map that maps to the users home directory and push it out to the clients via NIS

Share the users directories using NFS (exports file located in /etc)

Move the Users Home Directory to a different location (suggestion /local/home)

Make sure your NIS maps point to this location

Remove the default home directory and configure AMD to recreate and automount it

That should do it.

To fix your problem with KDE make sure KDE 3.2 is installed on each machine that you want to use it on.

Good luck!



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