Subject: Re: Hesiod thoughts
To: None <current-users@NetBSD.ORG>
From: der Mouse <mouse@Collatz.McRCIM.McGill.EDU>
Date: 10/30/1995 08:35:02
> Isn't getpwnam() and company part of SPEC 1170?
Nobody is proposing to do away with getpwnam(), or the rest of the
keyed-lookup routines. Just getpwent().
> By ditching it aren't we trashing the ability of NetBSD to be
> standards conformant?
People put far too much store in standards conformance for the sake of
standards conformance. Before blindly conforming to a standard, we
should first decide whether the standard in question is worth
> I think something like a database service switch similar to
> nsswitch.conf in Solaris is the better way to go for ALL services.
What "ALL services" does this apply to? Passwd database lookups, at
least, presumably. Hostname->address lookup? Address->hostname
lookup? Service name lookup (a la /etc/services)? Timezone name to
> Work on this is already being done, why not accelerate that work
> rather than removing functions that don't need to be removed?
You seem to have missed the point: Hesiod makes it difficult to
implement getpwent(), impossible without some kludge like the
passwd-<n> CNAMEs or zone transfers. Other perfectly reasonable
database services do likewise; imagine what the DNS would have broken
if people used gethostent() the way they use getpwent(). That, not the
absence of some nsswitch-like mechanism, is why we're talking about