Joerg Barfurth wrote:
> Linux-PAM has officially (re)defined it that way - and of course that is 
> what most community developers develop against:
> "PAM_TTY: The terminal name: prefixed by /dev/ if it is a device file; 
> for graphical, X-based, applications the value for this item should be 
> the $DISPLAY variable."
> See the Linux-PAM home-page or the Linux pam(3) man-page:

They knew it changing PAM_TTY could break other implementations and
how to make it not do so, so it seems they just didn't care:

        -Alan Coopersmith-           alan.coopersmith at
         Sun Microsystems, Inc. - X Window System Engineering

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