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RedHat 9 (Linux i386) - man page for consolehelper (redhat section 8)

CONSOLEHELPER(8)								 CONSOLEHELPER(8)

NAME
       consolehelper - A wrapper that helps console users run system programs

SYNOPSIS
       progname [ options ]

DESCRIPTION
       consolehelper is a tool that makes it easy for console users to run system programs, doing
       authentication via PAM (which can be set up to trust all console users or  to  ask  for	a
       password  at the system administrator's discretion).  When possible, the authentication is
       done graphically; otherwise, it is done within the text console from  which  consolehelper
       was started.

       It  is intended to be completely transparent.  This means that the user will never run the
       consolehelper program directly.	Instead, programs like /sbin/shutdown are paired  with	a
       link from /usr/bin/shutdown to /usr/bin/consolehelper.  Then when non-root users (specifi-
       cally, users without /sbin in their path, or /sbin after  /usr/bin)  call  the  "shutdown"
       program,  consolehelper	will  be  invoked  to  authenticate  the  action  and then invoke
       /sbin/shutdown.	(consolehelper itself has no priviledges; it calls the userhelper(8) pro-
       gram do the real work.)

       consolehelper  requires	that  a PAM configuration for every managed program exist.  So to
       make /sbin/foo or /usr/sbin/foo managed, you need to create a link  from  /usr/bin/foo  to
       /usr/bin/consolehelper  and  create  the  file /etc/pam.d/foo, normally using the pam_con-
       sole(8) PAM module.

OPTIONS
       This program has no command line options of its own; it passes all command line options on
       to the program it is calling.

SEE ALSO
       userhelper(8)

BUGS
       No known bugs.  Report any you find at http://developer.redhat.com/ at the BugTrack link.

AUTHOR
       Michael K. Johnson <johnsonm@redhat.com>

Red Hat Software			  18 March 1999 			 CONSOLEHELPER(8)


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