Subject: Re: pwd_mkdb - 29,000 users in 7 Seconds.
To: Andrew Gillham <email@example.com>
From: Jeremy C. Reed <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: 08/10/2001 10:23:14
> > The real world doesn't work that way. For the general purpose system
> > both /etc/passwd and /etc/master.passwd must also be kept up-to-date for
> > non-DB-capable programs which access their contents (awk, cut, sed, etc.).
> Wasn't the point that the password field in /etc/passwd doesn't get updated,
> so why rebuild the entire file when the password field changes in the shadow
Not just passwords getting changed, but shells and other fields.
> Or did I miss something in this thread?
The problem is that it takes a long time to generate the /etc/pwd.db and
/etc/spwd.db files when there are many users.
Jeremy C. Reed