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Bug 43344 - authconfig confused about /etc/sysconfig/authconfig
authconfig confused about /etc/sysconfig/authconfig
Product: Red Hat Raw Hide
Classification: Retired
Component: authconfig (Show other bugs)
i386 Linux
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Assigned To: Nalin Dahyabhai
David Lawrence
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Reported: 2001-06-03 10:29 EDT by Jonathan Kamens
Modified: 2007-04-18 12:33 EDT (History)
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Description Jonathan Kamens 2001-06-03 10:29:12 EDT
The man page for the authconfig command in authconfig-4.1.6-1 claims that
it edits the file /etc/sysconfig/auth, but in fact it appears to edit

Also, I can't find any evidence that anything actually uses the
information, or at least some  of it, that's put into this configuration
file.  For example, what uses "USEMD5"?  A pointer would be appreciated.
Comment 1 Jonathan Kamens 2001-06-03 10:29:56 EDT
One more thing I forgot to mention.... Although the authconfig program creates
or edits the file /etc/sysconfig/authconfig, it isn't included in the RPM, i.e.,
when it's first created, the RPM database has no idea what package to associate
it with.
Comment 2 Jonathan Kamens 2001-06-03 10:59:56 EDT
Also, it appears that authconfig creates /etc/ldap.conf and /etc/yp.conf, and
they aren't listed in its RPM either.
Comment 3 Nalin Dahyabhai 2001-06-26 01:57:31 EDT
The package will own the file, and the man page will be corrected in 4.1.10.

The /etc/ldap.conf and /etc/yp.conf files are owned by the nss_ldap and ypbind
packages, respectively, but authconfig will write out empty files if they are
not installed.

The /etc/sysconfig/authconfig file is used to track configuration settings
which can not be determined by examining the filesystem.  For example, you can
determine if a system is using Shadow by checking if there's a file named
/etc/shadow, but you can't easily determine if a system is configured to use
MD5 passwords (the fallback mechanism, scanning /etc/pam.d/system-auth, is not
as dependable).

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