NetworkAuthentication works badly in disconnected mode (laptop with no network connection)

Bug #160408 reported by Guy Van Sanden on 2007-11-06
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libnss-ldap (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

I'm using LDAP for user accounts and kerberos5 for authentication. This works well as long as the network is up.
One of the machines is a laptop however, it has both local users and LDAP users. When the LDAP server is not reachable, the laptop mostly fails to boot up, hanging at each retry on other services.

This makes Ubuntu very hard to integrate in a corporate or even elaborate SOHO environment where there is a real need for network authenticated users.

Packages affected would be libnss-ldap, nscd and nss in general.

Brian Murray (brian-murray) wrote :

Thank you for taking the time to report this bug and helping to make Ubuntu better. I have subscribed the ubuntu-server team to this bug report as they will know best which package it belongs to and what is on the roadmap for Hardy that may address your bug.

Mathias Gug (mathiaz) wrote :

I'm assigning this bug to libnss-ldap. However, I'd mention that libnss is designed for always connected machines (such as desktop and servers).

Disconnected mode (case of laptop) would probably require a substantial rework of the code.

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