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Re: different shells on different hosts?

On Tue, Jul 1, 2008 at 12:17 AM, Joy Khoriaty <elventails@elventails.com> wrote:
> Hi!
> I'd like my LDAP users to have different shells on 2 different client
> machines. Is that possible? how can I set it up?
> e.g, on host1, user1 has for shell /bin/bash, on host2, user1 has for shell
> /bin/rsh
> Someone suggested having the defined shell for the user in their LDAP entry
> be called e.g. /bin/ldap_shell, and symbolic linking accordingly on each
> machine, but it doesn't give me the granularity I want on a per user basis

Interesting problem; and the suggested solution sounds fairly clean to
me -- however, since we're taking ideas:

Write a small wrapper which does an LDAP lookup on a given attribute
and parses the return to select the shell. For example, you retrieve
from attribute : userLoginShells the values:


Based on the lookup and the hostname, you get the appropriate shell.
You can choose to deny login or give a restricted shell if a match
can't be found.

Barring the overhead of actually writing the wrapper, the only
advantage (i see) here is management via LDAP of user shells (instead
of hitting the console to create symlinks).