Subject: Re: Philosophy of PAM and rc.d
To: Dustin Sallings <>
From: None <>
List: current-users
Date: 03/18/1999 11:51:07
In message <>, Dustin
 Sallings writes:
>	How many applications support BSD auth out of the box, vs. support

I don't know.  On the other hand, it's a very easy thing to add, and it's
not like we're targeting a lot of things we don't have source for.

>For PAM, many of the apps I use (Cyrus, xscreensaver, ssh, etc...)
>can be rebuilt with a different commandline option (maybe a patch) and
>magically work.  Not so easy with BSD auth.  The main reason I'm
>interested in PAM is so that I only have to solve any given problem once
>and have the most widespread benefit possible.

That's not very NetBSD.  Traditionally, the NetBSD answer has been to evaluate
the proposed solutions on technical merit, and choose the best.  I think BSD
Auth is a better design, but I haven't got enough experience with PAM to make
a very good judgement.  The login class support is part of the BSD Auth
design; I'm not sure whether that's a good thing for everyone, but I sure like

Essentially, if we want that feature, we're stuck altering a lot of software
anyway.  :(