Subject: Re: confused on getpwnam behaviour
To: John F. Woods <>
From: Mike Halderman <>
List: current-users
Date: 04/12/1994 16:15:21
John F. Woods writes:
> > This is good.  But what if a user program want's to validate his/her
> > own password?  Shouldn't this return a valid password entry if the
> > requested uid is the same as the effective uid, or effective uid is 0?
> > Currently, this breaks the new xlock (xlockmore).
> I believe the general theory here is that different subsystems should use
> *different* passwords; it is, by this light, an _error_ that xlock wants
> to use the login password.  After all, the same key doesn't open your car
> and your home, does it?

However, the same key may open the door and start your car.  I think it would
be confusing to use a different password for xlock.