password API needed

Gerald Carter cartegw at Eng.Auburn.EDU
Wed May 13 16:18:50 GMT 1998

Luke Kenneth Casson Leighton wrote:
> These are all stuff which decides policy. Policy is most easily 
> implemented using inheritance. (Administrator doesn't have to do 
> anything explicit to maintain a constant policy.) What I think is 
> needed is a hierarchical database much like LDAP. 

Excellent idea.  I fully agree with the notion of a central policy to
fallback on ( sounds like I'm contradicting myself from
yesterday...perhaps I am ).  If this contains minimal performance hits
for large sites, I think it's the way to go.

> However, LDAP does have the problem of non-standard ACL support and no
> transactional support. Those two problems will be fixed. 

Hmmm...These are a big problem.  How do you propose to fix it?

                            Gerald ( Jerry ) Carter	
Engineering Network Services                           Auburn University 
jerry at   

       "...a hundred billion castaways looking for a home."
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