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Re: NIS and /etc/passwd

On Sun, Nov 10, 2013 at 10:33:22PM +0100, Joerg Sonnenberger wrote:
> NSS can express at least the part of "look into passwd and continue if
> no match was found". It would be easy to have a NIS config file to
> express "look for / accept the following users/groups/patterns". As
> such, I don't see the need for keeping it in /etc/passwd. In fact,
> having such a filter functionality would likely be useful for a number
> of data sources. It could certainly make the code much clearer by
> prodiving composition of independent modules.

But what it cannot do is "this user account is in NIS, use all the
details but override the users home directory or shell", this can be a
very useful thing to do sometimes.

Brett Lymn
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