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Re: [PAM] `su' doesn't work at boot time.

On Thu, Jun 03, 1999 at 03:15:36AM -0700, Karl M. Hegbloom wrote:
> Postgres and dictd won't start because the PAM su doesn't work unless
> the user calling it is in utmp.  It reports that it can't set up
> PAM_RUSER, and fails to `su' and start the daemon.
> Why does it do things that way?  Is there any good reason why we can't 
> patch `pam_rootok.so' so that it lets root `su' without needing to be
> registered in utmp?
> I don't understand these issues well yet.

This issue is a problem handling devpts (su worked for cronjobs prior
to glibc 2.1).

All of this will hopefully be meaningless since I hope that shadow will
soon be compiled with PAM support, as pam-apps is less than an optimal
solution (it's mising key programs that are needed in order to really
replace the shadow suite).

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