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Re: [PATCHES] Allow IDENT authentication on local connections (Linux only)

From: Tom Lane <tgl(at)sss(dot)pgh(dot)pa(dot)us>
To: Helge Bahmann <bahmann(at)math(dot)tu-freiberg(dot)de>
Cc: Bruce Momjian <pgman(at)candle(dot)pha(dot)pa(dot)us>, Oliver Elphick <olly(at)lfix(dot)co(dot)uk>, pgsql-hackers(at)postgreSQL(dot)org
Subject: Re: [PATCHES] Allow IDENT authentication on local connections (Linux only)
Date: 2001-07-31 15:44:50
Message-ID: 11032.996594290@sss.pgh.pa.us (view raw or flat)
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Helge Bahmann <bahmann(at)math(dot)tu-freiberg(dot)de> writes:
> On Tue, 31 Jul 2001, Tom Lane wrote:
>> There is a more complete version of this capability in the Debian patch
>> set.  I think we've been waiting for Oliver to pull it out and submit it
>> as a patch...

> Ok found it; uses "peer" as a keyword instead of "ident" but basically
> does the same thing. I think you can discard my patch then.

Well, we need to talk about that.  I like your idea of making ident auth
"just work" on local connections better than Oliver's approach of
inventing a separate auth-type keyword.  So some kind of merger of the
two patches seems attractive to me.  But Oliver may feel that he has to
continue to support the "peer" keyword on Debian anyway, for backwards
compatibility.  If so, do we want different ways of doing the same thing
on different distros, or should we just follow the Debian precedent to
keep things ugly-but-consistent?

			regards, tom lane

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