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centralized auth and nsswitch.conf

From: Richard Coleman <richardcoleman@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Wed, 23 Jul 2003 19:10:20 -0400

It's a little in the cycle for this question, but I thought I would ask.

One thing I hope that DragonflyBSD will have is some method to do centralized authentication. I know Matt has said that he dislikes PAM (I'm not fond of it myself). Since I've primarily worked for service providers, I've encountered this problem often. Other than Solaris and (oddly enough) Windows, most operating systems suck in this regard.

One simple way to achieve this is to support nsswitch.conf and have LDAP support as one of the available switches. This essentially gives you a clone of NIS. I've always wondered why more systems don't support this option, since it's essentially what nsswitch.conf was devised for in the first place.

As a by-product of this, client libraries for LDAP would need to be part of the base system. I think this is a good thing, since better integration to directory systems would be very useful.

Richard Coleman

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