On Sat, Aug 27, 2005 at 01:31:25AM -0700, Jason Stone wrote:
> I would like to know first, if I'm mistaken, or if external passwd files
> are now specified in some other way, or must be enabled at compile time or
> something like that; ie, am I doing something wrong?
The 7.3 Release Notes have the following items:
* Remove secondary password file capability and pg_password utility (Bruce)
* Add variable db_user_namespace for database-local user names (Bruce)
> If this feature is indeed no longer supported, is there some other way
> that I can allow the same username to have different passwords on
> different databases?
See the documentation for db_user_namespace:
> The background is that this is a hosting environment, and each customer is
> given one database to use however they want; different human users should
> be able to create database users with the same username without
> accidentally granting each other rights on their own databases. We
> currently do this by maintaining a password file per user/database, and
> letting users put whatever usernames and passwords they want into the
> password file for their database.
If you use db_user_namespace then you might have to provide an
interface for users to manage the user names in their databases.
One possibility would be to write a set of SECURITY DEFINER functions
that execute the correct CREATE USER, DROP USER, etc. commands.
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