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NICKNAMES(5)                  File Formats Manual                 NICKNAMES(5)

     nicknames - map nickname translation file for NIS (YP)

     The ypcat(1), ypmatch(1), and ypwhich(1) commands reference NIS (YP) maps
     as specified by the user.  Occasionally it is desirable to use a
     shorthand reference for a longer map name, hence the nicknames file, kept
     in "/var/yp/nicknames."

     The format of the file is

           nickname map

     one pair per line.  The default installed nickname map is as follows:

           passwd     passwd.byname
           group      group.byname
           networks   networks.byaddr
           hosts      hosts.byname
           protocols  protocols.bynumber
           services   services.byname
           aliases    aliases.byname
           ethers     ethers.byname

     A blank or incomplete nicknames file will affect any scripts which use
     nicknames for map lookup, whereas if the file is simply missing, the
     default compiled-in list will be used.

     ypcat(1), ypmatch(1), ypwhich(1)

     The nicknames file first appeared in Solaris 2.4.

NetBSD 9.99                     August 28, 2003                    NetBSD 9.99