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Apr 28, 2006, 07:00 (0 Talkback[s])
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The Network Information Service (NIS) was developed by Sun Microsystems, and was also known as the Yellow Pages service. The mechanics of the system are simple--the standard system databases, such as /etc/hosts and /etc/passwd, are converted into a generic database format (using the DBM format, an acronym that has long since lost its meaning).

"These databases are held on the NIS server (also known as the NIS master). All of the individual databases are placed into a named domain and then shared from the master using the Remote Procedure Call (RPC) interface..."

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