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PAM_START(3)            NetBSD Library Functions Manual           PAM_START(3)

pam_start -- initiate a PAM transaction
#include <sys/types.h> #include <security/pam_appl.h> int pam_start(const char *service, const char *user, const struct pam_conv *pam_conv, pam_handle_t **pamh);
The pam_start() function creates and initializes a PAM context. The service argument specifies the name of the policy to apply, and is stored in the PAM_SERVICE item in the created context. The user argument specifies the name of the target user - the user the created context will serve to authenticate. It is stored in the PAM_USER item in the created context. The pam_conv argument points to a struct pam_conv describing the conver- sation function to use; see pam_conv for details.
The pam_start() function returns one of the following values: [PAM_SUCCESS] Success. [PAM_BAD_ITEM] Unrecognized or restricted item. [PAM_BUF_ERR] Memory buffer error. [PAM_SYSTEM_ERR] System error.
pam(3), pam_end(3), pam_get_item(3), pam_set_item(3), pam_strerror(3)
X/Open Single Sign-On Service (XSSO) - Pluggable Authentication Modules, June 1997.
The pam_start() function and this manual page were developed for the FreeBSD Project by ThinkSec AS and Network Associates Laboratories, the Security Research Division of Network Associates, Inc. under DARPA/SPAWAR contract N66001-01-C-8035 (``CBOSS''), as part of the DARPA CHATS research program. The OpenPAM library is maintained by Dag-Erling Smørgrav <>. NetBSD 8.0 April 30, 2017 NetBSD 8.0
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