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RE: OpenLDAP Binaries
Sorry for the delay, Howard. I had to put this project
on the shelf for a while, but I've had a chance to
download both the Solaris and HP packages and run them
through their paces.
Here's the feedback you asked for:
I downloaded the Solaris 2.8 cds 1.1.1 and HP 11.i cds
1.1.2 packages and installed them on a few different
machines. The packages installed cleanly and setup was
straightforward. It was an unexpected pleasure to be
able to use native OS tools (pkgadd & swinstall) to
install them. I had a working directory server in
about fifteen minutes! The examples in the OpenLDAP
Quick Start Guide worked without a hitch.
I like how you seperated the packages by function so I
could install just what I need on different systems. I
also like that you included SASL and OpenSSL "out of
Including prngd was was a thoughtful touch- we don't
have /dev/urandom on any of our machines, and prngd
provides a good sorce of random data. It was also nice
that you provided startup scripts for slapd and prngd.
The pam and nss modules (cns) rock! The ones we built
kept dumping core and didn't work reliably,
particularly on Solaris 8. Your modules worked after
just a bit of fiddling with the config. /bin/passwd
works too (yay!). I liked your getting started guide.
Brief and to the point.
Making things work with SSL was straightforward. Had
some trouble with the OpenSSL application itself coz
it's just plain hard to use, but a little time spent
with google took care of that. I like that you put the
OpenSSL libs in the base packages and put the openssl
app in a seperate place. That lets me install the CA
on a secured machine to protect it and its keys. SSL
itself is still a pain to deploy, but that's not your
I was hoping for a little more documentation overall.
I was surprised that you elected to place the files in
/opt/symas and /var/symas instead of the "usual"
places. On reflection it's a good thing, though. Keeps
your stuff from colliding with previously installed
Overall the Symas packages hang together and work
well. You've obviously thought about how this stuff
should go together and you've done a great job
integrating it. I may have a few questions later on,
but they relate to OpenLDAP itself. For now, thank you
for your efforts and for letting me get to _using_
Fred Johnson IT Specialist
McMurdo International Specialties
P.S. It's very likely that McMurdo will spring for a
commercial license once we complete our planning. I
hope your rates are reasonable?
--- Howard Chu <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> Are you psychic or something? :) We just finished
> uploading a few minutes
> ago. Go to http:/www.symas.com and follow the
> "Downloads" link. We don't
> solicit any registration information, but we would
> appreciate any feedback
> you have to offer.
> As I mentioned before, packages are available for
> Solaris 2.7, 2.8, and HP-UX
> -- Howard Chu
> Chief Architect, Symas Corp. Director,
> Highland Sun
> Symas: Premier OpenSource Development and Support
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: owner-openldap-software@OpenLDAP.org
> > [mailto:owner-openldap-software@OpenLDAP.org]On
> Behalf Of Fred Johnson
> > Sent: Tuesday, October 01, 2002 10:26 PM
> > To: OpenLDAP-software@OpenLDAP.org
> > Subject: OpenLDAP Binaries
> > Hi Howard,
> > I was wondering if the OpenLDAP binaries are ready
> > download yet. We're eager to try them here.
> > TIA
> > Fred
> > Fred Johnson IT Specialist
> > McMurdo International Specialties
> > --- Fred Johnson <email@example.com>
> > > That's great news, Howard. This should make our
> > > lives
> > > easier, and I'm looking forward to checking out
> > > packages. Is this a one-shot, or is it something
> > > Symas
> > > is going to continue?
> > >
> > > Would you please let me know when/where I can
> > > download
> > > them?
> > >
> > > BTW, I'm also interested in the Solaris pam_ldap
> > > software.
> > >
> > > Thanks,
> > >
> > > Fred
> > >
> > > --- Howard Chu <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> > > > We (Symas Corp.) have pre-built binaries for
> > > Solaris
> > > > 7 and 8, HPUX 11, and
> > > > AIX 4.2.1. The newest stuff isn't on our web
> > > > yet because we're still
> > > > testing the integrated package. We provide
> > > OpenLDAP
> > > > 2.1.5, Cyrus SASL 2.1.7,
> > > > Heimdal 0.4d, OpenSSL 0.9.6g, and BerkeleyDB
> > > 4.1.24.
> > > > We also have pam_ldap
> > > > 152 and nss_ldap 201. Most of the packages are
> > > > the shelf but we've also
> > > > made some bugfixes to these packages to get
> > > > playing together correctly.
> > > > (If you follow the relevant mailing lists
> > > > have seen the fixes we've
> > > > submitted already.) I expect the full set of
> > > > packages will be finished
> > > > testing and freely available on our web site
> > > > sometime next week. (Things are
> > > > going well, but this is a lot of code to build
> > > > we're a small company; it
> > > > takes a while to verify that each piece is
> > > working.)
> > > >
> > > > -- Howard Chu
> > > > Chief Architect, Symas Corp. Director,
> > > > Highland Sun
> > > > http://www.symas.com
> > > > http://highlandsun.com/hyc
> > > > Symas: Premier OpenSource Development and
> > > Support
> > > >
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