[Techtalk] PAM questions: system-auth, common-*, winbind

Carla Schroder carla at bratgrrl.com
Fri Apr 29 08:16:45 EST 2005

OK guruz, here's a chewy one for you. I am rassling with PAM and not winning. 
The problem is how different distributions configure it. Red Hat has a master 
PAM file called "system-auth", which I believe acts a global default. 

Now we move to Debian. Is there something similar? I see files called 


Do these also function as a global default?

The problem is configuring winbind modules for PAM. I really don't care for 
the idea of configurating every single flippin' service separately for users 
authenticated via winbind, I want a nice global pam config. you know, like in 
the good old days of /etc/pam.conf

And I dare you to find this documented anywhere that makes sense.

Carla Schroder
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