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From: "jeff seaman" <jseaman(at)pharsalia(dot)com>
To: <pgsql-general(at)postgresql(dot)org>
Subject: user authentication question
Date: 2000-08-02 13:27:41
Message-ID: NEBBLCGDKLOHFBHHGAAKKEAHCAAA.jseaman@pharsalia.com (view raw or flat)
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I am having trouble understanding the relationship between passwords in the
"passwd" flat file and the system table pg_user.  It seems that if I don't
perform a sql "create user" with the "with password" option I can't connect
to the database when I use password authentication even though I used the
pg_passwd command to enter the user.  Also pardon my ignorance but is there
a secure way to enter the password using the "create user" command without
exposing the password?  I hate to expose a set of "canned" passwords that I
wanted to enter using a script when installing the database.


Thanks in advance.

Jeff


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