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From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (30 December 2018) :

  Network Information Service
  Yellow Pages
      (NIS) Sun Microsystems' Yellow Pages
     (yp) client-server protocol for distributing system
     configuration data such as user and host names between
     computers on a network.
     Sun licenses the technology to virtually all other Unix
     The name "Yellow Pages" is a registered trademark in the
     United Kingdom of British Telecommunications plc for their
     (paper) commercial telephone directory.  Sun changed the name
     of their system to NIS, though all the commands and functions
     still start with "yp", e.g. ypcat, ypmatch, ypwhich.
     Unix manual pages: yp(3), ypclnt(3), ypcat(1), ypmatch(1).

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