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DM(8)			  BSD System Manager's Manual			 DM(8)

NAME
     dm — dungeon master

SYNOPSIS
     ln -s dm game

DESCRIPTION
     Dm is a program used to regulate game playing.  Dm expects to be invoked
     with the name of a game that a user wishes to play.  This is done by cre‐
     ating symbolic links to dm, in the directory /usr/games for all of the
     regulated games.  The actual binaries for these games should be placed in
     a “hidden” directory, /usr/games/hide, that may only be accessed by the
     dm program.  Dm determines if the requested game is available and, if so,
     runs it.  The file /etc/dm.conf controls the conditions under which games
     may be run.

     The file /etc/nogames may be used to “turn off” game playing.  If the
     file exists, no game playing is allowed; the contents of the file will be
     displayed to any user requesting a game.

FILES
     /etc/dm.conf	 configuration file
     /etc/nogames	 turns off game playing
     /usr/games/hide	 directory of ``real'' binaries
     /var/log/games.log	 game logging file

SEE ALSO
     dm.conf(5)

BUGS
     Two problems result from dm running the games setuid “games”.  First, all
     games that allow users to run UNIX commands should carefully set both the
     real and effective user id's immediately before executing those commands.
     Probably more important is that dm never be setuid anything but “games”
     so that compromising a game will result only in the user's ability to
     play games at will.  Secondly, games which previously had no reason to
     run setuid and which accessed user files may have to be modified.

HISTORY
     The dm command appeared in 4.3BSD-Tahoe.

BSD				 May 31, 1993				   BSD
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