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Re: password authentication with external passwd file

From: Jason Stone <pgsql-admin(at)dfmm(dot)org>
To: pgsql-admin(at)postgresql(dot)org
Subject: Re: password authentication with external passwd file
Date: 2005-08-30 00:49:31
Message-ID: 20050829174059.F2358@treehorn.dfmm.org (view raw or flat)
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>> 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)
> [...]
> See the documentation for db_user_namespace:

hm.  well, I can probably hack this to work, but I notice that the 
documentations also says:

 	Note:  This feature is intended as a temporary measure until a
 	complete solution is found. At that time, this option will be
 	removed.

so... how temporary is temporary?  is it expected that the complete 
solution will be at all similar?  I don't want to spend a lot of time 
building on this if the next upgrade will make it all obsolete again....

out of curiosity, why was the secondary password file capability removed?
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.

anyway, thanks for the pointer - I'll start considering how I can use 
db_user_namespace.


  -Jason
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