Subject: Re: Hesiod thoughts
To: Thor Lancelot Simon <firstname.lastname@example.org>
From: Ted Lemon <email@example.com>
Date: 10/22/1995 22:27:00
> To begin with, I don't think that the way Hesiod is used at MIT is "right".
> At MIT, login uses hes_getpwnam() to get the user's password entry, and then
> *adds it to the local /etc/master.passwd* and then runs pwd_mkdb.
Why not just put it in /etc/passwd, which isn't a critical file since
it's derived from /etc/master.passwd? Admittedly, this is still
somewhat lame, but at least less so...
> What I think I've come to is the realization that if we're going to add
> Hesiod support to NetBSD, we have to declare getpwent() deprecated, add a
> linker warning like for setreuid(), and excise it from our source tree.
I think this is the right thing to do, although I'll probably go down
in flames for saying so. An alternative would be to maintain a list
in hesiod of all the usernames, and then use that list do implement
getpwent. Ugly, but it would work. Ultrix does something like