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Date: Fri, 23 Oct 2020 09:14:01 -0500
From: Jesse Hathaway <>
Cc: Rich Felker <>, Arjun Shankar <>, 
	Florian Weimer <>
Subject: Re: Plans to remove nscd in Fedora

On Fri, Oct 23, 2020 at 8:29 AM Carlos O'Donell <> wrote:
> My opinion is that we want something much thinner than nscd to provide
> NSS for statically linked applications, and that such an interface
> should not provide caching. If we really wanted we could keep the nscd
> socket interface but implement an NSS daemon for this e.g. nssd that would
> just run all the time and could be depended upon by static applications.
> It would have to be well audited and very simple.
> The caching that nscd does has many legacy problems that are better solved
> and maintained by other daemons that implement a split NSS module approach
> (as Florian notes).

Given the increasing prevalence of statically deployed programs from languages
such as C, Go, Rust, and even Haskell. I would love to see continued
distribution support for querying NSS from these programs. An nscd variant
without caching seems like a good approach, but I think it would be unfortunate
to remove nscd from distributions before an alternative approach was available.

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