[Pkg-shadow-devel] Re: S/Key question (was: Info: prepare for release 4.0.16))

Andrea Barisani lcars at gentoo.org
Wed May 31 00:03:28 UTC 2006

On Tue, May 30, 2006 at 09:44:21PM +0200, Tomasz K?oczko wrote:
> >- by default do not use libshadow_getpass() as getpass() replacemement.
> > Use libshadow_getpass() only when S/KEY support is enabled.
> > Current glibc getpass() handles correctly longer than 8 characters
> > passwords and libshadow_getpass() is used only because libc getpass()
> > do not handles password prompting with echo enabled,
> I have qustion to S/Key users related to this change.
> Is realy neccessary getpass() with echo enabled when S/Key support is used 
> ? If not and if can be used system avalaible getpass() this will allow 
> remove libshadow_getpass() from shadow source tree.
> Comments ?

It's not necessary but it's handy since the password is a One Time thing
anyway and there's no need to hide it. Still if code could be cleaner as a
user I don't see it as a critical feature (and as a developer I surely
welcome cleaner code).

But that's just my opinion.


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