SUMMARY[2]: NIS+ domain vs. DNS domain

From: Frank Cusack (
Date: Mon Oct 12 1998 - 09:32:50 CDT

Frank Cusack <> writes:

> Wow, answers back already.
> The consensus is that it won't matter as NIS+ and DNS are unrelated.
> My concern is that Solaris' gethostbyname() is broken, and I know
> of at least one program that uses the NIS domain if a FQDN is not
> returned by gethostbyname() [to generate a license key].

Casper Dik points out that gethostbyname() isn't broken, you really
need to configure other name sources (other being non-DNS) to return
FQDN's first if you want gethostbyname() to work as "expected".

> I was hoping to get info on other potential pitfalls, no one has
> mentioned anything, so hopefully I'll be OK.

Matt Reynolds <> points out that if you
use Sun's sendmail, it will append the NIS+ domain to mail, which
might not work in the DNS world.

> Frank Cusack writes:
> > I'm using NIS+ only for passwd info (and publickey). What are the
> > implications of having the NIS+ domain different than the DNS domain?
> >
> > thanks
> > ~frank
> >

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