[Mono-dev] check for a valid system user with mono

Miguel de Icaza miguel at novell.com
Wed Jul 11 12:09:27 EDT 2007

> How to use Mono.Unix or Mono.Unix.Native to check whether a specific 
> system username and password are valid?

To write software that will run on all platforms, you can not really
check if a username/password are valid, because in Linux authentication
is done with a system called PAM (and GSSAPI).

At least in PAM's case, you might not even have a password, it might
authenticate using a fingerprint reading device, or it could use
one-time-passwords.   So you really need to go through that process.


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