Re: allowing simpler passwords
Nathan E Norman wrote:
> On Thu, 2 Sep 1999, Marc Mongeon wrote:
> : How do I disable the password-checking feature of passwd? I'm willing
> : to accept moderately complex passwords that passwd wants to throw
> : out. `man passwd` gives me nothing, and I'm not certain where else to
> : look-- is this the doings of PAM?
> Run passwd as root. RTFM passwd.c; passwd tries to prevent lusers from
> using crappy passwords. This is generally accepted as a feature.
> : It is particularly annoying because it reminds me of the Windows design
> : philosophy: "I know better than you do what you're trying to do."
> Windows lets you ignore passwords altogether and isn't really known as a
> secure OS ...
Careful, Linux doesn't *require* users to have a password either,
so don't knock Win for this case. On my machine I use the return
key for a 'password'. Its unacceptable in a multi-user or
networked environment, but for a single-user, home machine a
password is really un-needed.