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Re: pam-aware



   Date: Thu, 27 Nov 1997 03:31:20 +0100
   From: Seth Chaiklin <sethlist@pc126.psy.aau.dk>

       As best as I can tell, a program is "pam-aware" only if
       a person has explicitly coded the pam conversation functions
       into a program.  

Yes, that's right.  Well, or more correctly, a program is "pam-aware"
only if it has explicitly coded the calls into the PAM library.  This
will usually, but not always, require the coding of the PAM conversation
functioons.

       (Someone suggested that the getpw* functions
       in a program would make it pam-aware.  That doesn't sound
       right).

Nope, that's not right.

   2.  Given that a program is pam-aware, then how can one tell which
       of the four modules that are available?  Doesn't it again depend
       on whether someone has programmed them in?

Yes, it depends on how they've programmed it in.  In an ideal world,
you'd determine this by reading the documentation which came with the
program, assuming the programmer had the good taste to update the man
pages and other documentation when he/she made the changes to include
PAM support.  :-)

							- Ted



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