NEWKEY(8) MidnightBSD System Manager’s Manual NEWKEY(8)


newkey — create a new key in the publickey database


newkey −h hostname
newkey −u


The newkey utility is normally run by the network administrator on the Network Interface Service ( NIS ) master machine in order to establish public keys for users and super-users on the network. These keys are needed for using secure RPC or secure NFS .

The newkey utility will prompt for the login password of the given username and then create a new public/secret key pair in /etc/publickey encrypted with the login password of the given user.

Use of this program is not required: users may create their own keys using chkey(1).


Create a new public key for the super-user at the given hostname. Prompts for the root password of the given hostname.

−u username

Create a new public key for the given username. Prompts for the NIS password of the given username.


chkey(1), keylogin(1), publickey(5), keyserv(8)


The Network Information Service ( NIS ) was formerly known as Sun Yellow Pages ( YP ). The functionality of the two remains the same; only the name has changed.

MidnightBSD 0.3 October 12, 1987 MidnightBSD 0.3