Thanks to all who responded - particulary Koen Peeters who got it right.
The cause of the problem:
The clocks were out of synch by about 30 seconds.
Synchronise the clocks:
cantor# rdate gauss
> Sparc20 Sol2.4, NIS+ Root Master Server, "gauss"
> Sparc4 Sol2.4, NIS+ Root Replica Server, "cantor"
>The network between these two machines is being swamped by their conversation
>(extract from snoop included below).
> gauss -> cantor.maths.abdn.ac.uk RPCBIND C GETTIME
>cantor.maths.abdn.ac.uk -> gauss RPCBIND R GETTIME
> gauss -> cantor.maths.abdn.ac.uk NIS+ C IBlist
"hosts.org_dir.maths.abdn." [name = "abel"]
>cantor.maths.abdn.ac.uk -> gauss RPC R (#691) XID=820288032 Can't
authenticate (bogus credentials (seal broken))
---- Andrew Mellanby Computing Officer, Dept. Math.Sciences, University of Aberdeen http://www.maths.abdn.ac.uk/~mel (All views expressed are my own, NOT those of the University)
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