May 26, 2018


nss-pam-ldapd, a Name Service Switch NSS module and Pluggable Authentication Module PAM that allows your LDAP server to provide user account, group, host name, alias, netgroup, and basically any other information that you would normally get from /etc flat files or NIS. It also allows you to do authentication to an LDAP server.

Key differences from nss_ldap

  • lighter NSS library
  • lighter PAM library
  • simpler internal semantics
  • clear separation between NSS, PAM and LDAP code the server part could easily be implemented in another language
  • less connections to the LDAP server

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