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Re: An LDAP authentication howto for Debian?

On Sun, Apr 29, 2001 at 12:34:02PM +1000,
 Jeff Waugh <jdub@aphid.net> wrote 
 a message of 21 lines which said:

> The LDP has a perfectly good set of documents already; there's no need to
> duplicate the good work already done by them.

I recently configured LDAP for my company and I 100% agree with the
original poster. Documentation is thick but with a lot of holes, few
explanations (so you can do things in a different way), and quite
difficult to find.

I certainly would not say to a LDAP beginner, "read the fucking
manual" because it is clearly a domain where manuals are suboptimal (I
know, I should write one but it is easier to complain).

The most important problem, I believe, is that using LDAP means
understanding many differents things and how they fit together. These
things are often documented properly (setting a LDAP server...) but
separately (setting LDAP clients is in a completely different place)
and you cannot get a global picture easily. (for instance, the LDP
HOWTOs about PAM and LDAP do not explain why you need, in most cases,
to setup PAM *and* NSS.)

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