Subject: Re: BSD auth for NetBSD
To: Roland Dowdeswell <>
From: Jason Thorpe <>
List: tech-userlevel
Date: 09/13/2003 00:09:26
On Friday, September 12, 2003, at 11:36  PM, Roland Dowdeswell wrote:

> A lot of the main consumers of the client side API are in basesrc.
> I think that to some degree this is going overboard---we need to
> decide on what API that authentication clients are going to use
> and stick with it rather than maintaining both.  As I see it we
> have a choice between PAM which is used in Solaris, FreeBSD, Linux,
> etc, or BSD Auth which is used in OpenBSD and BSDI.  BSDI is
> officially unsupported [soon].  Given the size of OpenBSD's userbase,
> if we decide to use BSD Auth we will continue to be in the unfortunate
> position that hardly anything in pkgsrc will support our authentication
> mechanisms.  This appears on first inspection to be a losing
> proposition.

I agree completely.  PAM is widely adopted.  BSD Auth is something that 
is really on the fringes.

         -- Jason R. Thorpe <>