How to create homedirectories on Unix automatically.
(Last modified: 28Jan2003)
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How to create Home Directories on Unix automatically
Novell eDirectory 8.5.1 for Linux
Novell Account Management 2.1 for UNIX/Linux
Home Directories are not created automatically during creation of accounts/users.
On Unix homedirs are not created automatically, when new users/accounts are created.
Account Management 2.1 is only for administration of users. It does not interact with the filesystem. This also mean that it cannot be used to control file access, except in the way of changing group membership, etc.
With PAM (Pluggable Authentication Modules) there is a module (pam_mkhomedir.so) which will create a home directory dynamically during the first time the user logs in.
On RedHat 7.2 the /etc/pam.d/login must look like this:
# This is required for console ownership access
session optional /lib/security/pam_console.so
session required /lib/security/pam_mkhomedir.so skel=/etc/skel umask=0022
#First try through NDS
auth sufficient /lib/security/pam_nds.so.0
account sufficient /lib/security/pam_nds.so.0
password sufficient /lib/security/pam_nds.so.0
session sufficient /lib/security/pam_nds.so.0
# Fall back to flat file authentication, try first password first
auth required /lib/security/pam_securetty.so
auth required /lib/security/pam_pwdb.so shadow nullok try_first_pass
auth required /lib/security/pam_nologin.so
account required /lib/security/pam_pwdb.so
password required /lib/security/pam_cracklib.so
password required /lib/security/pam_pwdb.so nullok use_authtok md5 shadow
session required /lib/security/pam_pwdb.so
This should work on all Linux systems. It is not known if this module is part of Solaris.
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