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Re: pg_passwd file missing

From: Bruce Momjian <pgman(at)candle(dot)pha(dot)pa(dot)us>
To: Lorenza Ferrario <ferrario(at)itc(dot)it>
Cc: pgsql-admin(at)postgresql(dot)org
Subject: Re: pg_passwd file missing
Date: 2005-02-24 04:33:43
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Lorenza Ferrario wrote:
> Hi,
> I've just sturted using postgresql 8 and I faced the following
> problem: I want to use the "password" method for the user
> authentication. In previous release, I linked the password_file to the
> dbms through the pg_passwd command, placed in the POSGTRES_HOME/bin
> directory.
> Though the "password" method is still available (see pg_hba.conf
> file), the pg_asswd command does not longer appear.

We removed the ability to use an /etc/passwd file in PostgreSQL.  We now
encourage using MD5 because we can prevent sniffing the password over
the wire because we random-salt the value.

We do have the new ability to reference a file with names in it using

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