xdm + pam + winbind, what am i missing?

Boris Samorodov bsam at ipt.ru
Tue May 16 08:43:15 PDT 2006

On Tue, 16 May 2006 14:22:30 +0100 (BST) Dominic Marks wrote:

> 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.

Can't say for sure if it may help you, but I also had problems with
xdm, pam and auth. The result was:

Hope that it might help you.

Boris B. Samorodov, Research Engineer
InPharmTech Co,     http://www.ipt.ru
Telephone & Internet Service Provider

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