Re: dropping gss_name_to_any ?

Love Hörnquist Åstrand <lha@kth.se> Tue, 17 November 2009 22:04 UTC

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Subject: Re: dropping gss_name_to_any ?
From: Love Hörnquist Åstrand <lha@kth.se>
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17 nov 2009 kl. 09:17 skrev Luke Howard:

> 
> On 17/11/2009, at 5:46 PM, Nicolas Williams wrote:
> 
>> On Tue, Nov 17, 2009 at 03:21:39PM +0100, Leif Johansson wrote:
>>>> I've never been comfortable with this API - it feels difficult to  
>>>> specify
>>>> property. I'd be in favor of dropping it.
>>> 
>>> I'd like to confirm that we have consensus on dropping  
>>> gss_name_to_any
>>> (or consensus that I misunderstood that thread)
>> 
>> I'm for dropping it, but Luke seems to think it's useful, and he did
>> implement it, including a plug-in interface.  Luke?
> 
> 
> I only really implemented it because it's in the spec. But there are  
> cases where it may be useful -- but those all defeat the purpose of a  
> general-purpose, mechanism-agnostic API. For example, the SAML  
> provider surfaces the assertion object via this interface, but then it  
> requires the caller be using the same SAML implementation.

I think that when we get a real use for it we can add it all back.

Pushing out random objects is sane.

Love