Auth methods

Andrew Morgan morgan at
Wed May 10 13:14:04 EDT 2006

On Wed, 10 May 2006, Michael Johnson wrote:

> Hi all
> I've been looking into upgrading a server and part of that upgrade was to 
> remove a lot of system users who simply need IMAP/SMTP access to the machine 
> and nothing more.  Basically, I want to make /etc/passwd a lot smaller than 
> it currently is.
> I was browsing through the documentation on the web site and found:
> "The Cyrus IMAP server comes with two authorization mechanisms, one for use 
> with Unix /etc/passwd files, one for use with Kerberos."

> Is there no way to use Cyrus IMAP with 
> MySQL/PostgreSQL/BDB/other_non_db_source as an authentication source?  If 
> there is, could someone please point me to a web site with some details on 
> how to make this work?

I know this is possible, but I don't have the information myself.  I use 
saslauthd + pam + pam_ldap for authentication here, but I don't have any 
experience with database backends for authentication.


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