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Re: LDAP service lookup

From: "Dawid Kuroczko" <qnex42(at)gmail(dot)com>
To: "Albe Laurenz" <all(at)adv(dot)magwien(dot)gv(dot)at>
Cc: "Postgres General" <pgsql-general(at)postgresql(dot)org>, pgsql-hackers(at)postgresql(dot)org
Subject: Re: LDAP service lookup
Date: 2007-08-27 23:01:39
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On 8/27/07, Albe Laurenz <all(at)adv(dot)magwien(dot)gv(dot)at> wrote:
> Dawid Kuroczko wrote:
> >>> Then again, apart from libpq I don't see it mentioned anywhere.
> [...]
> > Looking at the 8.3devel documentation...
> >
> > I think it should be mentioned in 18. Server Configuration. probably
> > somewhere in 18.3 Connections and Authentication, that there is
> > a possibility of using Service names instead of traditional connect
> > strings -- and a link pointing to libpq-ldap documentation.
> > This would make people much less likely to miss this point, especially
> > if they don't plan to code in libpq C library. :-)
> The server config options are not a good place.

Which I do know, but it's just "if it were there, I would have spotted it
much earlier" sort of argument.

Incidentally, this is a question for people who have access to www
access logs.  Which sections of documentation have highest "hit rate"?
My guess would be: Server Configuration and SQL Reference, but it
would be interesting to see one.

> But it could be mentioned in the 'psql' man page, under
> 'Connection to a database':
> $ psql "service=myservice sslmode=require"

I think it defenately should.

> If there are no objections, I'd create a documentation patch for this.
> > And, while not belonging to PostgreSQL documentation, but defenately
> > belonging iin techdocs, whould be a step-by-step guide of setting up
> > pg_services in OID and other LDAP servers.  Funny thing, I think I'll
> > be looking at putting pg_services in OID as well.
> Hmm, a tutorial for configuring LDAP servers would be quite off topic.
> I think that the examples in Section 30.15 are sufficient for somebody
> who is familiar with LDAP.

I have been playing with it for a few moments now.  i think there should
be mentioned in the documentation that pg_service.conf can also
contain static "service definitions", and it also would be valuable to
add into pg_service.conf.sample an example ldap:// stanza, so if
person opens the file, she will be enlightened.

And a missing feature.  Or rather treat it as feature request. :-)
A "wildcard entry".  I would like to set my environment that,
on each client I would put pg_service.conf having two and only
two LDAP servers in it (second one for failover. I think the entry
might look like:
### wildcard entry:
[%]  # or [*] ?

Which, when given:
  psql "service = foobarbaz"
..would query ...?(cn=foobarbaz)

Deploying a new database would be as simple as adding it into LDAP.


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