Anyone using Linux-PAM on 5.x?

Joe Lewis joe at
Wed Oct 8 13:40:24 PDT 2003

Hello, all;

I would like to take a moment of your time.  I was having some heavy 
frustrations on preparing a FreeBSD 5.1 server for handling centrally 
located accounts using OpenPAM, particularly due to my inability to 
locate good documentation on it.  I found that the problems :

Oct  5 13:04:15 sharktooth login: in openpam_load_module(): no found
Oct  5 13:04:15 sharktooth login: pam_start(): failed to load module

Were NOT due to the misplacement of the module.  Proper permissions were 
in place.  The concerns I had were resolved when the following 
individuals (many, many, many thanks to these guru's) :

   Kris Kennaway
   Mikko Työläjärvi
   Nick Rogness

Gave me pointers, advice, and properly illustrated what the problem was. 
  For the archives sake, I am posting the results of that hassle here. 
The first of the problems were based on the fact that I was trying to 
port pam_mysql.  This was failing because the mysqlclient library wasn't 
being located when the pam libraries were loaded.  There had to be an 
-R/usr/local/lib/mysql added to the compilation/linker commands.

Then I ran into the errors :

Oct  6 19:22:09 sharktooth login: in openpam_dispatch(): pam_mysql.c: no 
Oct  6 19:22:09 sharktooth login: in openpam_dispatch(): pam_mysql.c: no 

The functions were defined properly, and I used a number of different 
methods.  That's when I was pointed to the Makefile as the problem.  The 
end result switched from using ld as the linker to libtool.  There are 
still bugs to work out, but the module is beginning to function.

Again, I offer a sincere thanks to those individuals listed above for 
their responses.

Joe Lewis

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