Subject: Re: RFC: migration to a fully dynamically linked system
To: Greywolf <>
From: Jason R Thorpe <>
List: tech-userlevel
Date: 12/21/2001 09:43:04
On Fri, Dec 21, 2001 at 08:36:44AM -0800, Greywolf wrote:

 > Why does nsswitch need to be part of a dynamic library?  Why can we not
 > just do the lookup in the nsswitch.conf and behave accordingly?

Because then for every possible auth type you want to provide, you
have to have it included in libc.

That ... does not scale well.  Nor does it handle Special auth schemes
that local sites might want to use (would you rather just write your
dynamically-linked auth object, or hack libc?)

        -- Jason R. Thorpe <>