pam module to create home dir?
Gregory K. Ruiz-Ade
gkade at bigbrother.net
Fri Apr 2 17:31:49 PST 2004
On Friday 02 April 2004 02:57 pm, Wade Curry wrote:
> I'm wondering... if a person needs to login to more than about 5
> hosts, why you wouldn't depend on home dirs on a distributed
> filesystem? (NFS mounted, or whatever)
1) NFS is fragile, and instabilities in that one NFS server could bring down
a whole network of systems depending on it.
2) Institutional distrust of NFS. :)
3) NFS over WAN links is painful, at best. God help you if the link gets
interrupted while writing a file.
> I'm sure that there's a threshold where the effort to maintain NFS
> would be more than what it takes to maintain multiple home dirs,
> but I have no idea what that threshold would be.
That, and honestly, not all machines need an entire home directory available
to them; most of them just need home dirs for the users so they can log in
and have a little scratch space for doing the work they need to do.
It's really only a handful of servers that would benefit from shared /home,
but those servers are spread across 5 offices at various points on the
If there were some way to have a distributed file server, such that the
"master" copy of things lived in the main office, and "slave" servers
handled each local office and stayed in sync with the master, that might be
My other option is to scavenge new accounts from LDAP or have the management
tool kick off a script that went around and created skeleton home dirs...
But if someone already did the work, I see no need to duplicate it.
Gregory K. Ruiz-Ade <gkade at bigbrother.net>
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