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pam_limits - PAM module to limit resources
pam_limits.so [change_uid] [conf=/path/to/limits.conf] [debug] [utmp_early] [noaudit]
The pam_limits PAM module sets limits on the system resources that can be obtained in a user-session. Users of
are affected by this limits, too.
By default limits are taken from the
config file. Then individual files from the
directory are read. The files are parsed one after another in the order of "C" locale. The effect of the individual files is the same as if all the files were concatenated together in the order of parsing. If a config file is explicitely specified with a module option then the files in the above directory are not parsed.
The module must not be called by a multithreaded application.
Change real uid to the user for who the limits are set up. Use this option if you have problems like login not forking a shell for user who has no processes. Be warned that something else may break when you do this.
Indicate an alternative limits.conf style configuration file to override the default.
Print debug information.
Some broken applications actually allocate a utmp entry for the user before the user is admitted to the system. If some of the services you are configuring PAM for do this, you can selectively use this module argument to compensate for this behavior and at the same time maintain system-wide consistency with a single limits.conf file.
Do not report exceeded maximum logins count to the audit subsystem.
MODULE SERVICES PROVIDED
service is supported.
Cannot get current limits.
No limits found for this user.
New limits could not be set.
Cannot read config file.
Error recovering account name.
Limits were changed.
The user is not known to the system.
Default configuration file
For the services you need resources limits (login for example) put a the following line in
as the last line for that service (usually after the pam_unix session line):
# Resource limits imposed on login sessions via pam_limits
session required pam_limits.so
Replace "login" for each service you are using this module.
pam_limits was initially written by Cristian Gafton <email@example.com>
- MODULE SERVICES PROVIDED
- RETURN VALUES
- SEE ALSO
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