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Re: PAM Slot numbers - trouble understanding the scenario



Julian,

What does "slot" mean?

Look in the source code. That's the only reliable documentation you are going to find.

I've been trying to volunteer as a documentarian. My experience has led me to conclude that nobody cares. The "steep Linux learning curve" is mainly do to the poor quality of the documentation. It's not going to change.

Julian Bui wrote:
> Hi all,
> 
> I'm trying to figure out the options that PAM uses.
> 
> One option that caught my eye is the slot number option found in
> pam_pkcs11.conf, since this sounds like it could possibly help me map
> devices to session logins on a multi-seat desktop.
> 
> Anyway, the documentation reads: "
> slot_num=<nr>
> 
>     Slot-number to use: 1 for the first, 2 for the second and so on. The
>     default value is 0, which means to use the first slot with an
>     available token."
> 
> I am confused as to what the slots are.  This documentation/description
> may seem obvious to you guys, but I do not know what it means.  I am
> having trouble understanding the hardware setup and the
> scenario/usecase.  Is this for multiple security devices (like 3 smart
> card readers, for example) ?  Maybe slot_num=2 means it uses the CAC
> card in card reader #2 for the login?  Why would this be useful?  How do
> you assign IDs to the devices?  Maybe I'm completely misinterpreting
> this option.
> 
> Would really appreciate if someone could clarify this for me.
> 
> Thanks,
> Julian
> 
> 
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