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pam_console_apply(8)	 System Administrator's Manual	  pam_console_apply(8)

       pam_console_apply  -  set or revoke permissions for users at the system

       pam_console_apply [-f <fstab file>] [-c <console.perms file>] [-r]  [-t
       <tty>] [-s] [-d] [<device file> ...]

       pam_console_apply  is  a helper executable which sets or resets permis‐
       sions on device nodes.
       If /var/run/console.lock exists, pam_console_apply will	grant  permis‐
       sions  to  the  user  listed therein.  If the lock file does not exist,
       permissions are reset according to defaults set in console.perms files,
       normally	 configured  to	 set  permissions on devices so that root owns

       When initializing its configuration  it	first  parses  the  /etc/secu‐
       rity/console.perms  file and then it searches for files ending with the
       .perms suffix in	 the  /etc/security/console.perms.d  directory.	 These
       files  are parsed in the lexical order in "C" locale.  Permission rules
       are appended to a global list, console  and  device  class  definitions
       override previous definitions of the same class.

       -c     Load other console.perms file than the default one.

       -f     Load other fstab file than the default one (/etc/fstab).

       -r     Signals  pam_console_apply to reset permissions.	The default is
	      to set permissions so that  the  user  listed  in	 /var/run/con‐
	      sole.lock has access to the devices, and to reset permissions if
	      no such file exists.

       -t     Use <tty> to match console  class	 in  console.perms  file.  The
	      default is tty0.

       -s     Write error messages to the system log instead of stderr.

       -d     Log/display messages useful for debugging.

       The  optional  <device  file>  arguments constrain what files should be
       affected by pam_console_apply. If they aren't specified permissions are
       changed on all files specified in the console.perms file.



       Let's  hope  not,  but if you find any, please report them via the "Bug
       Track" link at

       Nalin Dahyabhai <>, using code shamelessly stolen  from
       parts of pam_console.
       Support	of  console.perms.d  and  other	 improvements  by  Tomas  Mraz

Red Hat				   2005/5/2		  pam_console_apply(8)

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