pam_smbpass licensing

Andrew Bartlett abartlet at
Mon Sep 20 06:38:50 GMT 2004

On Mon, 2004-09-20 at 13:47, James Peach wrote:
> Hi all,
> I notice that pam_smbpass is licensed under the GPLv2. What are the
> implications for using this on a system with some GPL programs and some
> proprietary programs?
> I'm a little confused, particularly in light of the lengths winbind goes
> to to keep the client-sode code LGPL ..

It's actually pretty simple - pam_smbpass was not written with this as a
design objective, while the winbind code was.  Because pam_smbpass calls
directly into our core passdb code, it must be GPL licenced.

It also does a number of other tricks - in particular, you don't need
any daemons to run it, and the 'migration' code works a treat for some

You can (with a little work) make pam_winbind fit almost the same role.

Andrew Bartlett
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