ypdomainname command is a Linux utility that displays the Network Information Service (NIS) domain name of the host system. The NIS domain name is the name of the domain that the NIS server serves. This command is useful when troubleshooting NIS-related issues or when configuring NIS client systems.
ypdomainname command is straightforward and easy to use. To display the NIS domain name of the host system, simply type the following command in the terminal:
If the host system is not configured to use NIS, the command will return an error message. However, if the host system is properly configured to use NIS, the command will output the NIS domain name.
Here are some examples of how to use the
$ ypdomainname example.com
In this example, the
ypdomainname command returned the NIS domain name
ypdomainname command has only one option:
|-h||Displays a help message.|
ypdomainname command returns an error message, it is likely that the host system is not configured to use NIS. To configure a host system to use NIS, follow these steps:
- Install the
- Edit the
/etc/nsswitch.conffile and add
- Edit the
/etc/yp.conffile and add the NIS server’s hostname or IP address.
- Start the
After completing these steps, run the
ypdomainname command again to verify that the host system is properly configured to use NIS.
ypdomainnamecommand is part of the
yp-toolspackage, which is typically installed by default on most Linux distributions.
- NIS is an older network service that has been largely replaced by Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP) and other modern directory services. However, some legacy systems still use NIS, so it is important for Linux administrators to be familiar with NIS-related commands and utilities.