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From Jim Jagielski <>
Subject Re: Changed information for PR mod_auth-any/460
Date Thu, 24 Apr 1997 19:45:10 GMT
Rodent of Unusual Size wrote:
> >From the fingers of Marc Slemko flowed the following:
> >
> >We have had 5893 bug reports on this in the past and the response always
> >was "it's a bad thing to do, so we won't support it."
>     I agree that using the system passwd file is Badness.  I think
>     people should always be discouraged from doing so in the strongest
>     possible terms.  However, I don't see that the passwd file is the
>     only one that ever uses or will use colons as delimiters.  The
>     crypt() routine will never produce it as output, so it's a valid
>     delimiter for any application that stores a password in the second
>     column.  Using the passwd file as an excuse not to do this is like
>     refusing to sell rope because people hang themselves with it.
>     In other words, I'm *for* closing this PR with "don't do that!", but
>     also *for* making the change to the code.

+1 for "don't do that"
-1 for code change (right now)

      Jim Jagielski            |       jaguNET Access Services           |
                  "Not the Craw... the CRAW!"

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