Samba & Unix users sync

Christopher R. Hertel crh at
Wed Jul 19 23:03:07 GMT 2000

> On Wed, 19 Jul 2000, Christopher R. Hertel wrote:
> Not at all.  The BSD license allows you to do anything you want to with the
> code (including re-releasing it under the GPL), and the GPL only comes into
> play when you intend to redistribute -- it places no limitations on what you
> can do with the software on your own machine.  A /user/ can never violate the
> GPL, because the GPL is not a license for use of the product.

There was some problem, but I don't remember exactly what it was.  I'm 
sure someone else on the list does.  Someone help me out here.

> > There are some things in the works that will allow you to use the Windows
> > password for Unix login, if your Unix systems support nsswitch.
> nsswitch is never sufficient for this.  nsswitch allows you to specify the
> source for various system config files, including your password file, but the
> data returned by getpwnam() is still expected to be valid Unix data -- which
> means that a password field retrieved from an NT server via winbind will still
> be treated as a crypt()ed password.  For support of different *authentication*
> methods (as opposed to crypt(passwd, salt)), you'll still need PAM.

No, that's not what I saw.  Take a look at Winbind.  Again, I'm working in
other areas so I'm only aware of these things.  I don't have my teeth in
them.  What I saw leveraged nsswitch to allow a logon to a Linux box using
only NTDomain credentials. least, that's how I understood it. 

Chris -)-----

Christopher R. Hertel -)-----                   University of Minnesota
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