nsscache - Asynchronously synchronise local NSS databases with remote directory services
nsscache is a commandline tool and Python library that synchronises a local NSS cache from a remote directory service, such as LDAP.
As soon as you have more than one machine in your network, you want to share usernames between those systems. Linux administrators have been brought up on the convention of LDAP or NIS as a directory service, and
nscd to manage their nameservice lookups.
Even small networks will have experienced intermittent name lookup failures, such as a mail receiver sometimes returning "User not found" on a mailbox destination because of a slow socket over a congested network, or erratic cache behaviour by
nscd. To combat this problem, we have separated the network from the NSS lookup codepath, by using an asynchronous cron job and a glorified script, to improve the speed and reliability of NSS lookups. We presented a talk at linux.conf.au 2008 (PDF slides) on the problems in NSS and the requirements for a solution.
Here, we present to you this glorified script, which is just a little more extensible than
ldapsearch | awk > /etc/passwd
Here's a testimonial from Anchor Systems on their deployment of nsscache.
Pair nsscache with https://github.com/google/libnss-cache to integrate the local cache with your name service switch.
Mailing list: https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/nsscache-discuss
Issue history is at https://code.google.com/p/nsscache/issues/list