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Re: Behaviour change in Xorg's xdm between 5.99.5 and 5.99.7


Thus wrote Steven M. Bellovin (

> On Wed, 11 Feb 2009 21:17:38 +0100
> "S.P.Zeidler" <> wrote:
> > Alas, no; xdm has no use_pam flag, although it might with a little
> > bit of work. It's a pure compile option at present.
> > (See xsrc/external/mit/xdm/dist/greeter/greet.c mostly)
> > 
> > The rationale for the behaviour is that with PAM you may get a
> > different password prompt, eg for your SSH passphrase or your
> > Kerberos passwd, and PAM itself might not know what options to offer
> > you until you give it your username.
> What else will USE_PAM=no in mk.conf affect?  Is that documented
> anywhere?

src/share/mk/bsd.README says:
USE_PAM         If "no", disables building PAM authentication support
                into various system utilities/libraries that support it.
                                If ${MKPAM} is "no", USE_PAM will also be 
forced to "no".

-- (S.P.Zeidler)

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