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pam_start, pam_end - activating Linux-PAM
int pam_start(const char *service, const char *user, const struct
pam_conv *conv, pam_handle_t **pamh_p);
int pam_end(pam_handle_t *pamh, int pam_status);
Initialize the Linux-PAM library. Identifying the application
with a particular service name. The username can take the value
NULL, if not known at the time the interface is initialized.
The conversation structure is passed to the library via the conv
argument. (For a complete description of this and other struc‐
tures the reader is directed to the more verbose Linux-PAM
application developers' guide). Upon successful initialization,
an opaque pointer-handle for future access to the library is
returned through the contents of the pamh_p pointer.
Terminate the Linux-PAM library. The service application asso‐
ciated with the pamh handle, is terminated. The argument,
pam_status, passes the value most recently returned to the
application from the library; it indicates the manner in which
the library should be shutdown. Besides carrying a return
value, this argument may be logically OR'd with PAM_DATA_SILENT
to indicate that the module should not treat the call too seri‐
ously. It is generally used to indicate that the current closing
of the library is in a fork(2)ed process, and that the parent
will take care of cleaning up things that exist outside of the
current process space (files etc.).
On success, PAM_SUCCESS is returned
May be translated to text with pam_strerror(3).
DCE-RFC 86.0, October 1995.
Note, the PAM_DATA_SILENT flag is pending acceptance with the DCE (as
SEE ALSOfork(2), pam_authenticate(3), pam_acct_mgmt(3), pam_open_session(3),
Also, see the three Linux-PAM Guides, for System administrators, module
developers, and application developers.
Linux-PAM 0.56 1997 Feb 15 PAM_START(3)