Subject: Re: RFC: migration to a fully dynamically linked system
To: None <>
From: sudog <>
List: tech-userlevel
Date: 12/21/2001 09:50:50
> Basically I don't care how it's called or how it works but if I
> cannot make the system adapt to various authentication sources
> easily, it is certainly a big minus.  At one site, we inted to move
> everything away from NIS and over to LDAP.  If NetBSD can't easily
> adapt to it, it will be replaced by something that can, as easy as
> that.  Yet one should consider that PAM is a de-facto standard now
> (although I don't know how much the different implementations are
> compatible with Sun's) before inventing something else that's
> entirely incompatible.

PAM is only the de-facto standard because Linux is its bitch. And because 
of that, I had NO END of troubles trying to re-work busy systems into an 
actually usable state. As a former system admin of a 50,000 customer ISP, 
PAM was one of my more onerous headaches. Recompiling everything to use 
statically-linked auth libs and shadow passwords directly was one week of 
hell that I'd just as soon forget.

Is there no other "nice" way to migrate to LDAP without indulging in a 
dynamically linked frenzy?