nscd - name service cache daemon
is a daemon that provides a cache for the most common name service
requests. The default configuration file, /etc/nscd.conf
the behavior of the cache daemon. See nscd.conf
provides caching for accesses of the passwd
(5) and netgroup
databases through standard libc interfaces, such as getpwnam
(3), and others.
There are two caches for each database: a positive one for items found, and a
negative one for items not found. Each cache has a separate TTL (time-to-live)
period for its data. Note that the shadow file is specifically not cached.
(3) calls remain uncached as a result.
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The daemon will try to watch for changes in configuration files appropriate for
each database (e.g., /etc/passwd
for the passwd
for the hosts
and flush the cache when these are changed. However, this will happen only
after a short delay (unless the inotify
(7) mechanism is available and
glibc 2.9 or later is available), and this auto-detection does not cover
configuration files required by nonstandard NSS modules, if any are specified
. In that case, you need to run the following
command after changing the configuration file of the database so that
invalidates its cache:
$ nscd -i <database>