Subject: Re: integrating PAM
To: None <>
From: Dan Melomedman <>
List: current-users
Date: 01/23/2003 13:25:39
Ken Hornstein wrote:
> >> And I guess I'm having a hard problem understand your objection to a
> >> BSD Auth PAM module.  You said, "I can't avoid dealing with PAM" ...
> >> what exactly do you have to "deal" with?  You set up _one_ thing, then
> >
> >You don't understand. I want to avoid using PAM alltogether. I want to
> >use better mechanisms, like checkpassword or BSD Auth _without_ PAM.
> >Period.
> I understand that's what you want .... but what you haven't really
> explained is why.  I mean, a PAM module that implements BSD Auth will
> work for apps that today make PAM calls.  If you have your own code
> that you want to convert, just make it do BSD Auth.  What, exactly, is
> the problem?  As far as I can tell, it basically boils down to
> "Applications that call PAM functions really chap my ass".
> --Ken

What it boils down to is the PAM library will be linked into every
relevant executable in NetBSD, forcing people to work around this if
they don't want it.