On 4/4/06, Joe Orton <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
On Mon, Apr 03, 2006 at 01:27:00AM -0400, David Zeuthen wrote:
> I wish that people working on the server bits (e.g. Apache, Postfix)
> would take a similar stance and only make their software read
> settings from LDAP (or whatever) for the site-wide case.
This always seems like a nice simple idea in theory. The reality is
that you'd have to put so much complexity in to deal with stuff like
working out what to do during a restart if the LDAP server suddenly
stops responding (at the point where you have already thrown away the
old config). You also have to come up with (and hard-code!) some LDAP
schema; and have it extensible to third-party modules (i.e. generic
enough that it's just untyped key-value pairs again). And how do you
configure the LDAP connection: TLS, auth, etc? Just relying on the
system-wide defaults doesn't cut it for 99% of apps so why would it
here? And why only support an LDAP backend? Why not also an SQL
database, or a WebDAV repository?