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Re: password authentication with external passwd file

From: Tom Lane <tgl(at)sss(dot)pgh(dot)pa(dot)us>
To: Jason Stone <pgsql-admin(at)dfmm(dot)org>
Cc: pgsql-admin(at)postgresql(dot)org
Subject: Re: password authentication with external passwd file
Date: 2005-08-30 01:29:25
Message-ID: 15888.1125365365@sss.pgh.pa.us (view raw or flat)
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Jason Stone <pgsql-admin(at)dfmm(dot)org> writes:
> out of curiosity, why was the secondary password file capability removed?

You'd have to look into the pghackers archives for details, but my
recollection is that it didn't play nicely with other features that we
wanted to add.

> I really liked the simplicity of being able to manage users completely 
> outside of the database, and to be able to do maintainence on the user 
> accounts without the database's even running.

This is rather an overstatement.  You were able to change their passwords
externally, perhaps, but that's a pretty limited form of "management".

			regards, tom lane

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