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PostPosted: Wed Apr 24, 2002 7:03 am    Post subject: Pam Reply with quote

Hi,

I've just installed Gentoo, and i'd like to know the following:

What is pam?
Why am I using it?
Why is no-one else using it? (as far as I know)
Where is the man-page?

Thanks, Weary
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 24, 2002 9:55 am    Post subject: Re: Pam Reply with quote

Weary wrote:
What is pam?
Why am I using it?
Why is no-one else using it? (as far as I know)
Where is the man-page?


Pam is a set of 'Pluggable Authentication Modules', it allows different methods of loggin in (console, ssh, XFree, card scanners, etc.) To check against the same passwd file.

You're using it because it works.

Just about all major distros use this, Redhat, Mandrake, and Debian included.

The docs are in /usr/share/doc/pam-0.75-r6/
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 25, 2002 7:14 am    Post subject: Re: Pam Reply with quote

lude wrote:
Weary wrote:
What is pam?
Why am I using it?
Why is no-one else using it? (as far as I know)
Where is the man-page?


Pam is a set of 'Pluggable Authentication Modules', it allows different methods of loggin in (console, ssh, XFree, card scanners, etc.) To check against the same passwd file.

You're using it because it works.

Just about all major distros use this, Redhat, Mandrake, and Debian included.

The docs are in /usr/share/doc/pam-0.75-r6/


Thanks...It appears pam is indeed installed on a lot of systems, but as far as I can see none use it? (checked debian and redhat systems)

The documents were clear at least
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 25, 2002 12:01 pm    Post subject: Re: Pam Reply with quote

Anonymous wrote:
Thanks...It appears pam is indeed installed on a lot of systems, but as far as I can see none use it? (checked debian and redhat systems)


To say they don't use it is inaccurate -- they may not use it for their default authentication system, but many people certainly do use PAM and redhat/debian, etc. PAM is a lot more flexible and extensible than the default simple /etc/passwd authentication.

You might find the User Authentication HOWTO useful. It discusses many methods of user authentication.

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