# PAM ?

#### Mathematics!

Joined Jul 21, 2008
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Ok , I have played around with samba setting up file shares / printer shares.

We have novell (LDAP) which microsoft created (active directories ) off of.
We have linux-based machines which can use samba for the equivalent microsoft smb/cifs
file/printer sharing as well as integrating into active directory/LDAP services.

But why do we need PAM (plug-able authentication module )?

I have installed pam and I have /etc/pam.d with a whole bunch of files
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atd              common-session                 other     su
chfn             common-session-noninteractive  passwd    sudo
chpasswd         cron                           polkit-1  xscreensaver
chsh             cups                           ppp       zentyal
common-auth      lxdm                           samba
common-password  newusers                       sshd
each file has a couple of lines like this
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 @include common-passwords
...etc

I am curious their doesn't seem like their is anything to configure?
Was wondering if with pam I can create virtual users for applications.

For example I have an ftp server and when I want to add more user accounts to the ftp server. I would normally create a user with adduser. Is their away so I don't create system users but only username / passwords for a application to uses for login in.
I don't want to create more system users or groups if I can just create some type of virtual user for login to a service.