LDAP server gone -> impossible to login locally!

Daniel O'Connor doconnor at gsoft.com.au
Wed Sep 23 09:48:17 UTC 2009

On Wed, 23 Sep 2009, O. Hartmann wrote:
> Daniel O'Connor wrote:
> > On Wed, 23 Sep 2009, Erik Norgaard wrote:
> >> This sounds like the correct solution, AFAIK it's the same concept
> >> as for NIS, first check local files, then ldap. You don't want
> >> your root credentials possibly be leaked accross the network. On
> >> the other hand you don't want or need user accounts in the local
> >> files.
> >>
> >> Default first check local files which is fast, then fall back on
> >> ldap if the user is not found.
> >
> > Actually I wrote them the wrong way, how odd!
> > I actually have..
> > group: cache ldap files
> > passwd: cache ldap files
> I had issues with the order
> 'files ldap'
> too, that's why I choosed 'ldap files'.

Can you remember any details why? I can't :)

> > On a related note, why is slapd so damn fragile? It's a righteous
> > pain in the bum the way you have to run db_recover-X.Y
> > /var/db/openldap-data if slapd fails to start.
> Yes, this is a lot of pain. I have had issues the same way and never
> figured out what the reason was. /var/ is very often corrupted after
> a crash, power failure or unclean reboot. Maybe not slpad is that
> fragile, but db47 is.

Yes, although openldap's handling of a bad DB is quite poor IMO.. That 
said I haven't had the nerve to look at the code.

I had a quick look to see if there was a more robust looking backend but 
nothing jumped out at me.

Daniel O'Connor software and network engineer
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