What NIS maps are necessary for OSX 10.6 to authenticate?

I have an ubuntu-sever sharing NIS, and from the OSX client, ypcat passwd, ypcat group and (as root) ypcat shadow.byname all work, and return the correct info.

If I type groups kyle (a user in NIS, but not on the local machine), I get all the correct group information.

The only thing that doesn't work, is logging in.

(And yes, if I point an ubuntu box to that NIS server, everything authenticates off of it just fine).

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Mac OS X 10.6 cannot use NIS for authentication (as far as I know). With 10.5 it worked well with our Debian server, but after the upgrade logging in stopped working :-(

But I found the following posts, they can probaly help you:

  • Actually it will. I should have taken this question down, as I figured it out. It wasn't an issue of missing maps, it was an issue of the wrong password-encryption type. I have my notes on petuu.org
    – Kyle__
    Nov 10, 2010 at 20:17
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    @Kyle__ Please post your solution on ServerFault and accept your own answer. Otherwise, this unanswered question will be revived periodically, wasting everyone's time. Nov 15, 2012 at 19:48

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