YPXFR(1M) Maintenance Commands YPXFR(1M)


NAME


ypxfr, ypxfr_1perday, ypxfr_1perhour, ypxfr_2perday - transfer NIS map
from a NIS server to host

SYNOPSIS


/usr/lib/netsvc/yp/ypxfr [-c] [-f] [-C tid prog server]
[-d ypdomain] [-h host] [-s ypdomain] mapname


DESCRIPTION


The ypxfr command moves an NIS map in the default domain for the local
host to the local host by making use of normal NIS services. It creates a
temporary map in the directory /var/yp/ypdomain (this directory must
already exist; ypdomain is the default domain for the local host), fills
it by enumerating the map's entries, fetches the map parameters (master
and order number), and loads them. It then deletes any old versions of
the map and moves the temporary map to the real name.


If run interactively, ypxfr writes its output to the terminal. However,
if it is started without a controlling terminal, and if the log file
/var/yp/ypxfr.log exists, it appends all its output to that file. Since
ypxfr is most often run from the privileged user's crontab file, or by
ypserv, the log file can retain a record of what was attempted, and what
the results were.


For consistency between servers, ypxfr should be run periodically for
every map in the NIS data base. Different maps change at different rates:
a map might not change for months at a time, for instance, and can
therefore be checked only once a day. Some maps might change several
times per day. In such a case, you might want to check hourly for
updates. A crontab(1) entry can be used to automatically perform periodic
updates. Rather than having a separate crontab entry for each map, you
can group commands to update several maps in a shell script. Examples
(mnemonically named) are in /usr/sbin/yp: ypxfr_1perday, ypxfr_2perday,
and ypxfr_1perhour.


Refer to ypfiles(4) for an overview of the NIS name service.

OPTIONS


-c
Do not send a "Clear current map" request to the
local ypserv process. Use this flag if ypserv is
not running locally at the time you are running
ypxfr. Otherwise, ypxfr complains that it cannot
communicate with the local ypserv, and the transfer
fails.


-f
Force the transfer to occur even if the version at
the master is not more recent than the local
version.


-C tid prog server
This option is for use only by ypserv. When ypserv
starts ypxfr, it specifies that ypxfr should call
back a yppush process at the host server,
registered as program number prog, and waiting for
a response to transaction tid.


-d ypdomain
Specify a domain other than the default domain.


-h host
Get the map from host, regardless of the master. If
host is not specified, ypxfr asks the NIS service
for the name of the master, and tries to get the
map from there. host must be a valid host name.


-s ypdomain
Specify a source domain from which to transfer a
map that should be the same across domains.


FILES


/var/yp/ypxfr.log

Log file


/usr/lib/netsvc/yp/ypxfr_1perday

Script to run one transfer per day, for use with cron(1M)


/usr/lib/netsvc/yp/ypxfr_2perday

Script to run two transfer per day, for use with cron(1M)


/usr/lib/netsvc/yp/ypxfr_1perhour

Script for hourly transfers of volatile maps


/var/yp/ypdomain

NIS domain


/usr/spool/cron/crontabs/root

Privileged user's crontab file


ypxfr_1perday, ypxfr_1perhour, and ypxfr_2perday

SEE ALSO


crontab(1), cron(1M), ypinit(1M), yppush(1M), ypserv(1M), ypfiles(4),
attributes(5)


March 11, 1998 YPXFR(1M)