xdm + pam + winbind, what am i missing?

Dominic Marks dom at helenmarks.co.uk
Tue May 16 07:49:24 PDT 2006

Dominic Marks wrote:
> Hello,
> I must be missing something because I can't get xdm to work happily
> with pam_winbind. The 6.1 system is joined to a Windows domain and
> aware of domain users. I log on to the machine using my domain account
> via SSH and all is well.
> I've enabled xdm and restarted init. Connections from any host are
> permitted. I have also modified the pam.d/xdm file to use the winbind
> pam module for authentication.
> I get a login screen and my username and password are correctly
> checked against Active Directory. I have setup a ~/.xsession file
> which should log me in and start a Gnome environment.
> What actually happens is that the connection seems to drop and
> reconnect and I end up back at an xdm prompt. In the system messages
> log I have the following:
> xdm: pam_sm_close_session(): no utmp record for DESKTOP:0
> * DESKTOP is the hostname of my desktop system from which I am
> connecting.
> I tried commenting out the session line in pam.d/xdm which this
> message comes from, it removes the error but doesn't change the
> behaviour so I assume it is not directly related.
> I couldn't find anything in the Handbook to help me on my way.
> If anyone could tell me the missing link I would appreciate it
> greatly.

Well, it works with gdm. I still don't know why xdm didn't work though.


> Thanks,
> Dominic Marks
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