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Re: nsswitch/winbindd question

On Sun, 2006-10-22 at 10:27 +0100, Anne Wilson wrote:
> On Sunday 22 October 2006 09:59, Anne Wilson wrote:
> > Logwatch, in the Samba section, lists the following:
> >
> > nsswitch/winbindd.c:main(986)  Could not init idmap -- netlogon proxy only
> > : 2 Time(s)
> >  nsswitch/winbindd_dual.c:child_read_request(49)  Got invalid request
> > length: 0 : 3 Time(s)
> >
> > I could do with some pointers on this, as googling only turned up one
> > reference, which referred to ldap, and I don't use that.
> >
> > I'm not sure what nsswitch or winbindd do, and maybe I have them running
> > but don't need them.
> >

AIUI, winbind is only needed if you are authenticating users against
NTLM (i.e. NT domain) or Active Directory. If you are running winbind,
it will try to contact a Primary Domain Controller, and I think it will
time out if it finds none. I've only used winbind once, and that was to
get a Fedora file server to join a NT4 domain more than a year ago.

nsswitch is your "name server switch", which tells your computer what
mechanism to use to resolve hostnames (i.e. DNS, /etc/hosts, etc.). 

So, you probably want to disable winbindd if you're not running on an
Active Directory/NT domain. Not sure about nsswitch though. I didn't
know that this was a daemon at all, just assumed that it is a
file /etc/nsswitch.conf'.

Pascal Chong 
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