My baby is 12!

It was Guy Fawkes day, 12 years ago that I created what was to become the oldest NIS+ name space in the world , unless of course you know otherwise.

It's time of birth is immortalised in the creation time of the directory objects:

# niscat -o org_dir
Object Name   : "org_dir"
Directory     : "hotline.uk.sun.com."
Owner         : "podtwo.hotline.uk.sun.com."
Group         : "admins.hotline.uk.sun.com."
Access Rights : r---rmcdrmc-r---
Time to Live  : 12:0:0
Creation Time : Thu Nov  5 13:33:46 1992
Mod. Time     : Thu Mar 22 17:58:10 2001
Object Type   : DIRECTORY
Name : 'org_dir.hotline.uk.sun.com.'
Type : NIS
Master Server :

It was spanked into life on Solaris 2.1 and was in prime time use by 2.3.

I'm told the name space is still in daily use, though is largely restricted to the lab. Gone are the days when the whole UK hotline were using it, but it struggles on. I wonder if it will make it to be a teenager. I suspect Paul will kill it, but I won't hold that against him for long.

It is nice to see it still running, and working despite what the nay sayers said at the time, especially as it just started as somewhere for me to test things on my workstation.

Comments:

While I still have a machine that can have a zone under my control we will keep this puppy running. For the cost of an IP address and a little memory we should hold onto this bit of history as you would a piece of art or antique. It is likely in the future the hotline nis+ namespace will merge with our own but by then we will have this safe for its next birthday.

Kinda scary though it is heading for its 13th birthday when we are intending to do this. Better be careful...

Posted by Paul Humphreys on November 05, 2004 at 04:43 AM GMT #

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