On Monday 26 November 2007 17:11, O. Hartmann wrote: > Hello, > > trying to change passwords on a client machine for a LDAP authenticated > user always fails due to the original passwd() command is not capable of > changing passwords remotely. > Their is a suggested patch, but is there an "official" way to do?
Hi Oliver I've asked this question several times, here and on -hackers, with no very helpful response. I checked for PRs and several have been filed at various times and are in various different states. As far as I can tell, the changes necessary to make passwd(1) work with the PAM infrastructure were made some years ago, but were diked out by a switch statement which appears to prevent a change to anything but /etc/passwd or NIS/YP. This switch relies on a set of constants which are themselves commented in the source as being ``bogus''. The answer to our question may well be something like ``historical reasons'' or ``Principle of Least Astonishment'', but please, someone... Is there a sound reason not to remove this guard statement and allow passwd(1) to change passwords in accordance with a PAM policy, as it is coded to do? I've already offered to submit a patch if necessary: it hardly even needs a knowledge of C to fix this one - simply remove a switch statement and replace it with a simple printf. Jonathan _______________________________________________ firstname.lastname@example.org mailing list http://lists.freebsd.org/mailman/listinfo/freebsd-questions To unsubscribe, send any mail to "[EMAIL PROTECTED]"