Re: pg_ident.conf not working?

From: Joe Brenner <doom(at)kzsu(dot)stanford(dot)edu>
To: Joe Brenner <doom(at)kzsu(dot)stanford(dot)edu>
Cc: pgsql-admin(at)postgresql(dot)org
Subject: Re: pg_ident.conf not working?
Date: 2010-10-16 20:49:59
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Joe Brenner <doom(at)kzsu(dot)stanford(dot)edu> wrote:

> I've noticed a difference in postgresql 8.3 and 9.0.1 that I suspect
> is a bug. pg_ident.conf isn't working the way it used to.
> I have a website set-up with apache running as using user
> "www-data". As I remember it, I found that it was difficult to
> set-up a postgres user name with a hyphen in it, so I fell back
> on creating a "www" postgres account, and I used the mapping:
> pg_ident.conf:
> apache www-data www
> That used to work with postgres 8.3 (running on the same
> box as apache, of course), now with postgres 9.0.1 I can't
> get things like this to work:
> pg_hba.conf
> local my_dbname www ident
> The log shows the error message:
> LOG: provided user name (www) and authenticated user name (www-data) do not match
> FATAL: Ident authentication failed for user "www"
> I can "fix" this by changing "ident" to "trust", but I'd
> rather restrict access to just the apache user.
> (Hm... maybe I need to try "ident map=apache"?)

Yes, it turns out that if I use the "map" option to explicitly tell it
which line of pg_ident.conf I want it to use, I can get it to work.

I stumbled across that here:,339028784,339300964,00.htm

Though I see it is indeed explained where it should be, I just kept
skimming past it:

More code examples would help...

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