[Beowulf] Fwd: NIS limitations question

DGS dgs at gs.washington.edu
Thu Feb 9 11:05:28 PST 2006

On Thu, Feb 09, 2006 at 12:17:43PM -0500, Mark Hahn wrote:
> > > > I belive i have seen on this maling list*, and other internet fourms** some
> > > > limitation of NIS, but i have failed to find a documented limiation from
> > > > SUN, or from the various linux distrubutions, did any one try to research
> > > > the scalability of NIS servers?
> > > 
> > > The standard answer, if you only rarely push, is to make every client
> > > a slave.
> > 
> > The less violent solution is to simply run nscd (name service caching
> > daemon) on all clients - that will take a lot of the load off of both
> > your NIS and DNS servers   :)
> I have deep admiration for DNS, and quite a lot of scorn for 
> various other systems that try to do similar things, poorly.
> for instance, LDAP works, but that's the best you can say for it.
> imagine if the LDAP folk had thought of how to use DNS as a 
> directory infrastructure (but alas, they were x500 recidivists ;)

The Rocks Linux toolkit comes with a name service called "411".
It seems to be a mechanism for distributing password, group and
other such files to a cluster's nodes.  I've never used it.
Anybody care to comment on how well it works?

David S.


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