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use of passwd/shadow DBs?


this thread is on server-linux. I'm forwarding it here so any
of the pam gurus perhaps can comment it a bit. we also have
a large password file and the db option could let us NOT migrate
the user file to sql ;> with db, the next limit would be
upgrading UID/GIDs from uint to ulong ;> (perhaps it'll break quotas?
who knows)

Thanks, !3runo

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> Date: 	Tue, 15 Dec 1998 00:54:43 -0800
> Reply-To: Linux Servers mailing list <SERVER-LINUX@netspace.org>
> From: Tom Brown <tbrown@BAREMETAL.COM>
> Subject:      Re: Hardware recommendations
> To: SERVER-LINUX@netspace.org
> > On Tue, 15 Dec 1998, Jon Lewis wrote:
> > > With 30k users on one box, you definitely need some kind of passwd/shadow
> > > database.  Flat files will bog you down.  Anyone know how shadow dbm is
> > > going?  Does PAM have a working dbm option?
> glibc has a db option... but I wasn't able to make it work... you should
> be able to use "db" where you use "nis" or "files" in /etc/nsswitch.conf
> (not that it would be as usefull in most places, but for a BIG password
> file...)
> I hunted around a bit and couldn't find much mention of it...
> [root@home /usr/local/etc/spong]# locate libnss
> /lib/libnss_compat-2.0.7.so
> /lib/libnss_compat.so.1
> /lib/libnss_db-2.0.7.so
> /lib/libnss_db.so.1
> ^^ these two are supposed to look after the db files... made by makedb
[useless lib list snipped...]
> [root@home /usr/local/etc/spong]#  which makedb
> /usr/bin/makedb
> [root@home /usr/local/etc/spong]# rpm -qf /usr/bin/makedb
> glibc-2.0.7-19
> and the makedb utility seems to work, but when I told nsswitch.conf to use
> the db option, it loaded the library, and opened the .db files, but did
> NOT find the right entries :-(((

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