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Re: mail.local NSS awareness

On Wed, Apr 30, 2008 at 09:16:52AM +0000, Emmanuel Dreyfus wrote:
> > Hum, in light of this I don't understand your problem any more
> > (I mean, I see the benefit of having mail.local handle nss failures
> > gracefully, but I don't understand how you did run into it).
> > If the MTA checks that the user exists, if there's a LDAP failure
> > it should fail the message before calling mail.local, isn't it ?
> Chaos starts if you have network outage or overloaded LDAP server: 
> you can easily reach the situation where MTA can look up the user
> successfully, and mail.local gets a failure. The situation is rare,
> but it can happen. With current mail.local behavior, the mail is 
> silently discarded, which is extremely bad.

Sure; I though you were talking about a more common problem, which is
that the ldap server is completely unreachable. Does the MTAs handle
this case properly ?

Manuel Bouyer <>
     NetBSD: 26 ans d'experience feront toujours la difference

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