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Ganymede 0.99.8 network directory management system

Nov 25, 1999, 06:02 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jonathan Abbey)

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Ganymede is a GPL'ed network directory management system written in Java, providing support for team management of NIS, DNS, etc.

Ganymede 0.99.8 is now available for download at


Mirrors: (may take a short while to update) (USA) (Australia/NZ only) (KDD R&D Labs, Saitama, Japan)


This release incorporates a wide variety of improvements and bug fixes that have shown up as we have used Ganymede in fulltime production at ARL:UT over the last 6 weeks.

New features include object cloning, FreeBSD, OpenBSD, and Linux-compatible MD5 password support, and a big rework of the object database logic to improve concurrency when it comes to making asymmetric object links. The old 'backlinks' field is gone, and the server can now link or unlink objects without having to assert an exclusive lock on both sides of the link, in the case where the back-link is not visible on one side of the link.

A fairly large number of usability and performance improvements have been made to the Ganymede client, as well.

For 0.99.9, I'm planning on focusing almost entirely on documentation and on reworking the way schema kits are configured and installed, to make it easier for people to develop and support schema kits independent of the main Ganymede distribution.


Jonathan Abbey
Applied Research Laboratories
The University of Texas at Austin
Ganymede, a free NIS/DNS management system