nnrpd requires auth_init() for an auth hook, contrary to the documentation

Julien ÉLIE julien at trigofacile.com
Tue Jun 12 21:12:01 UTC 2012

Hi River,

> The documentation (doc/hook-perl) for nnrpd auth hook says:
> 	If a Perl function auth_init() is defined by that file, it is
> 	called immediately after the file is loaded.
> And later:
> 	Provided the file loads without errors, auth_init() (if present)
> 	runs without fatal errors, and a Perl function authenticate() is
> 	defined, authenticate() will then be called
> This suggests that auth_init() is optional, but it actually isn't.  When
> it's not defined, the auth hook will fail:
> 200 isis.rt.uk.eu.org InterNetNews NNRP server INN 2.5.2 ready (posting ok)
> authinfo user test
> 381 Enter password
> authinfo pass test
> 400 Internal error (3).  Goodbye!
> I'm not sure if this is a code or documentation error, but it seems more
> sensible to not require an auth_init function, as most hooks probably
> won't need it.

You're totally right that a discrepancy exists between the code and its 
auth_init() is now correctly optional.  Starting from INN 2.5.3.

Thanks again for having reported the issue!

Julien ÉLIE

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