Bug 10002 - shadow(5) and usermod(8) lie about sp_inact
shadow(5) and usermod(8) lie about sp_inact
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: shadow-utils (Show other bugs)
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Assigned To: Bernhard Rosenkraenzer
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Reported: 2000-03-06 01:24 EST by Todd C. Miller
Modified: 2008-05-01 11:37 EDT (History)
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Last Closed: 2000-03-06 01:24:51 EST
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Description Todd C. Miller 2000-03-06 01:24:51 EST
The description of sp_inact in shadow(5) and usermod(8) does not match the
behavior of Linux-PAM.  In the pam_unix module, sp_inact is used in
conjunction with sp_max to check whether or not a user's account should be
treated as expired.  The documentation, however, indicates that sp_inact is
used in conjunction with sp_expire which is not the case.  Knowing what
that field does by source inspection I suppose I can see how what is in the
man page *might* be interpreted as the real behavior, but it is a stretch.
It is worth noting that Solaris (and other SVR4-based systems) use sp_inact
for something completely different, but that's really a separate issue.
Comment 1 Bernhard Rosenkraenzer 2000-10-05 08:39:01 EDT
Fixed in rawhide

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