Does anyone use nscd?

Uffe Jakobsen uffe at
Tue Oct 4 20:02:20 UTC 2011

On 2011-10-04 19:02, Julian Elischer wrote:
> On 10/4/11 9:51 AM, Dag-Erling Smørgrav wrote:
>> Trond Endrestøl<Trond.Endrestol at> writes:
>>> It's in daily use at Gjøvik Technical College (Fagskolen i Gjøvik),
>>> here in Norway. Both the mail and web servers authenticates our users
>>> by LDAP, and nscd certainly speeds up the lookups.
>> OK. No trouble with clients dying of SIGPIPE? I could never reproduce
>> the bug, but both users who reported problems used ldap, and I don't
>> have an LDAP server to test against, so I thought it might be specific
>> to LDAP.
> I had never heard of it until now but it looks as though I could have used
> it several times in the past.
> We should have people announce new features just like new committers.
> "Hi, my name is nscd, I cache data that is accessed through the nsswitch
> system.... etc."

FYI: If you've ever used a Solaris box then you've used without knowing it.
Solaris has used nscd by default the last 16 years - since Solaris 2.5

And yes it serverely speeds up nameservice lookups on large 
installations wheter it be plain files, NIS, NIS+, LDAP ot the like...


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