DataBase Management, a library of functions which maintain
key-content pairs in a data base.
Dynamically Linked Library, a library linked to an executable
program at run-time.
A name "key" that is used by NIS clients to be able to locate a
suitable NIS server that serves that domainname key. Please note
that this does not necessarily have anything at all to do with the
DNS "domain" (machine name) of the machine(s).
File Transfer Protocol, a protocol used to transfer files
between two computers.
Name services library, a library of name service calls
(getpwnam, getservbyname, etc...) on SVR4 Unixes. GNU libc uses
this for the NIS (YP) and NIS+ functions.
Socket services library, a library for the socket service calls
(socket, bind, listen, etc...) on SVR4 Unixes.
Network Information Service, a service that provides
information, that has to be known throughout the network, to all
machines on the network. There is support for NIS in Linux's
standard libc library, which in the following text is referred to
as "traditional NIS".
Network Information Service (Plus :-), essentially NIS on
steroids. NIS+ is designed by Sun Microsystems Inc. as a
replacement for NIS with better security and better handling of
This is the name of a project and stands for NIS+, YP and Switch
and is managed by Peter Eriksson <[email protected]>. It
contains among other things a complete reimplementation of the NIS
(= YP) code that uses the Name Services Switch functionality of the
Name Service Switch. The /etc/nsswitch.conf file determines the
order of lookups performed when a certain piece of information is
Remote Procedure Call. RPC routines allow C programs to make
procedure calls on other machines across the network. When people
talk about RPC they most often mean the Sun RPC variant.
Yellow Pages(tm), a registered trademark in the UK of British
Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol. It is the data
communication protocol most often used on Unix machines.