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Bug 159729 - Default /etc/nsswitch.conf should not mention nisplus
Summary: Default /etc/nsswitch.conf should not mention nisplus
Alias: None
Product: Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4
Classification: Red Hat
Component: glibc
Version: 4.0
Hardware: All
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: ---
: ---
Assignee: Jakub Jelinek
QA Contact: Brian Brock
Depends On:
Blocks: 156322
TreeView+ depends on / blocked
Reported: 2005-06-07 15:18 UTC by Brian Long
Modified: 2008-10-01 20:40 UTC (History)
3 users (show)

Fixed In Version: RHBA-2005-678
Doc Type: Bug Fix
Doc Text:
Clone Of:
Last Closed: 2005-10-05 16:40:10 UTC
Target Upstream Version:

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Red Hat Product Errata RHBA-2005:678 qe-ready SHIPPED_LIVE glibc bug fix update 2005-10-05 04:00:00 UTC

Description Brian Long 2005-06-07 15:18:08 UTC
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Description of problem:
/etc/nsswitch.conf contains various comments mentioning nisplus; however, nisplus is not supported by Red Hat or the upstream glibc developers.  I would like to suggest the default nsswitch.conf be updated with fully-supported examples in the comments.

Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):

How reproducible:

Steps to Reproduce:
1. cat /etc/nsswitch.conf

Actual Results:  # Legal entries are:
#       nisplus or nis+         Use NIS+ (NIS version 3)
# Example:
#passwd:    db files nisplus nis
#shadow:    db files nisplus nis
#group:     db files nisplus nis
# Example - obey only what nisplus tells us...
#services:   nisplus [NOTFOUND=return] files
#networks:   nisplus [NOTFOUND=return] files
#protocols:  nisplus [NOTFOUND=return] files
#rpc:        nisplus [NOTFOUND=return] files
#ethers:     nisplus [NOTFOUND=return] files
#netmasks:   nisplus [NOTFOUND=return] files

Expected Results:  nisplus should be removed or replaced with nis since it's supported by Red Hat.

Additional info:

I'm trying to make it clear for end users that nisplus is not supported.  Having examples mentioning nisplus is confusing for end users.

Comment 1 Joshua Jensen 2005-06-07 15:26:59 UTC
I had a bug open like this for years, not sure what happened to it.  nisplus
isn't supported, and having it listed *does* take some cycles in the ns resolve

It is slower, it doesn't work with what Red Hat ships, and it isn't supported
anyway.... why is it still mentioned there?

This is also a problem in RHEL3

Comment 3 Jakub Jelinek 2005-07-06 17:25:35 UTC
RHEL4 U2 initial glibc testing RPMs that should address also this problem
uploaded to

Comment 7 Red Hat Bugzilla 2005-10-05 16:40:11 UTC
An advisory has been issued which should help the problem
described in this bug report. This report is therefore being
closed with a resolution of ERRATA. For more information
on the solution and/or where to find the updated files,
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