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       consolehelper - A wrapper that helps console users run system programs

       progname [ options ]

       consolehelper  is  a  tool  that makes it easy for console users to run
       system programs, doing authentication via PAM (which can be set	up  to
       trust all console users or to ask for a password at the system adminis‐
       trator's discretion).  When possible, the authentication is done graph‐
       ically;	otherwise,  it is done within the text console from which con‐
       solehelper was started.

       It is intended to be completely transparent.  This means that the  user
       will  never  run the consolehelper program directly.  Instead, programs
       like /sbin/shutdown are paired with a link  from	 /usr/bin/shutdown  to
       /usr/bin/consolehelper.	 Then when non-root users (specifically, users
       without /sbin in their path, or /sbin after /usr/bin) call  the	"shut‐
       down" program, consolehelper will be invoked to authenticate the action
       and then invoke /sbin/shutdown.	(consolehelper	itself	has  no	 priv‐
       iledges; it calls the userhelper(8) program do the real work.)

       consolehelper  requires that a PAM configuration for every managed pro‐
       gram exist.  So to make /sbin/foo or /usr/sbin/foo managed, you need to
       create  a  link	from /usr/bin/foo to /usr/bin/consolehelper and create
       the file /etc/pam.d/foo, normally using the pam_console(8) PAM module.

       This program has no command line options of its own; it passes all com‐
       mand line options on to the program it is calling.


       Michael K. Johnson <>

Red Hat Software		 18 March 1999		      CONSOLEHELPER(8)

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