"Jin Guojun [NCS]" wrote:
> We have experience very strange problem on using NIS over FreeBSD 4.x and 5.x.
> Some uses can change passwd where other users cannot.
> case 1: Use FreeBSD 5.1 as NIS server -- NIS client is a FreeBSD 4.9 host
> I can change my passwd any time and any where, and most people cannot.
> If I change my home directory to anywhere else in the master.passwd file,
> re-make in /var/yp directory, then I cannot change my passwd any more.
> It causes yppasswdd dying on signal 11, which most users encountered.
> case 2: Use FreeBSD 4.10-BETA as NIS server -- same NIS client
> I have no problem to change passwd, other users do. Failure will not
> kill yppasswdd, but it returns following error:
> passwd: failed to change NIS password: RPC: Server can't decode arguments
> After this message I still can change my passwd. Also, changing my home
> directory in /var/yp/master.passwd and re-making DO NOT AFFECT
> me to change passwd.
By searching mail archive, I did not find related problem.
This is what we found:
If users login with bash, these users are not able to change their passwd.
The error is:
passwd: failed to change NIS password: RPC: Server can't decode arguments
Probably bash is not part of default FreeBSD syste, NIS system has not been
with bash for changing password.
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