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Re: [K12OSN] latop sometimes ldap/nfs



Hey John,
Yes I guess I'm looking for a local/domain type of login.   The whole
reason behind this is to allow our Development person to connect her
Sony camera (i forget the exact model just now) to upload pictures to
her /home.  I had trouble doing this with CentOS 4.3 which is what our
LTSP version is based on.  This camera works great with FC5 out of the
box.  Right now I have the laptop authenticating to smbldap and
mounting nfs to accommodate her.   It would be nice if I could get
this laptop to be functional outside of our local environment.

different design and it doesn't work that way. Changing your authentication
realm, at login, on the fly is the biggest obstacle.


Hmmm...surprising tht the open source would be less flexible in this way.


I think I'll just leave ldap out of it and try this: make some
"local-user-accounts" and "nfs-user-accounts" in /etc/passwd and in
/etc/fstab mount /home/nfs-user1   on nfs.    If the laptop is outside
our environment the failing nfs mount of that user shouldn't be big
deal.  Sound feasible?

Thanks,
Peter


On 10/18/06, John Lucas <mrjohnlucas gmail com> wrote:
To the best of my knowledge, you can't do this as you describe. But it might
help to know what it is you are trying to accomplish and why; there may be a
different way to accomplish what you really need to do.

My guess about what you are trying to do is simulate the MS Windows
local/domain logins. The fact of the matter is that Unix (and Linux) have a
different design and it doesn't work that way. Changing your authentication
realm, at login, on the fly is the biggest obstacle.

However, there are other possibilities if you don't have to masquerade as
Micosoft to do it: local logins and nfs automount under each users home
directory (~/user/MyHome.net maybe), or perhaps something more exotic, like
distributed filesystems (i.e. Coda). We don't know if you are talking about
access over a WAN/Internet or only over a private LAN. We don't know if the
laptop is used by one, a small number, or many users.

A more precise description of the goal of the project would narrow the problem
space, and maybe someone has already worked out something similar. Just
because they may not have solved it in the way you imagine doesn't mean it
might not still be solved.

On Tuesday 17 October 2006 18:39, Peter Hartmann wrote:
> Is there a way to have a laptop (fc5) do this:
>
>   when pluged in to our network authenticate through the smbldap
> server and mount the nfs /home  ***AND*** when not plugged in tho the
> network, do unix auth and mount it's own home  on hda.
>
>
> I set up fstab to have 2 homes with the first being the nfs.
> unfourtunately I can't really test the unplugged part because of an
> fc5 bug where the sytem hangs on "starting system message bus" if it
> can't see the ldap server. (but this might already be fixed-- need to
> update)  just wondering if anyone else does this and if this is the
> prescribed method.
>
> thanks!
> Peter
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