Subject: pwd_mkdb(8) performance
To: Current Users <current-users@NetBSD.ORG>
From: Jukka Marin <>
List: current-users
Date: 07/05/2000 08:23:17
Dear All,

It is well known that pwd_mkdb(8) is slow with a large user database.
In FreeBSD (I think it was) there's an option that tells pwd_mkdb to
rebuild only one entry of the database, dropping the execution time to
a fraction of normal.  Is anyone planning to port this option to NetBSD
and committing the changes to the tree?

I'm responsible of a system which may soon have over 50000 users and
whenever any user changes his/her password, it takes a long time (maybe
several minutes under normal load) to rebuild the database. :-(