[OpenAFS] Is PAM necessary

Tino Schwarze tino.schwarze@informatik.tu-chemnitz.de
Wed, 13 Mar 2002 13:53:10 +0100

On Wed, Mar 13, 2002 at 01:02:31PM +0100, jarausch@igpm.rwth-aachen.de wrote:

> I've just built a new Linux system (Linux-From-Scratch) and upto now
> I have the standard login and ssh (3.1) running.
> Next I am going to install OpenAFS.
> We are a small department here so I really want a simple solution.
> Do I have to install PAM support into my Linux system?

Whether you need PAM depends on the purpose you are using AFS for. If
you'd like to store home directories there, it is mandatory. If you're
just using AFS as a means to spread software and do not require
authenticated users very often, you can leave off the PAM stuff and do
AFS authentication by hand (using pagsh and klog).

However, PAM should not be too difficult to set up and it automates the
process of acquiring AFS tokens upon login. Therefore I would go for it.

Bye, Tino.

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