I can't figure out PAM

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I’ll come out and say it - I don’t get PAM…​ it’s the worst of weirdest of weird incantations and magic potion of a config file that will make or break your config

Switched to GNOME

So I’ve got a frankenlinux desktop now - installed gnome on Kde neon distro that I have running…​ To be honest, it was more to check what I was missing on wayland. At least gnome provides a workable wayland experience with Nvidia. While I understand KDE’s motivations of not to bend for Nvidia (F! NVIDIA), that’s what I have;

I like Gnome’s usability better and while Wayland works well, I can’t use it as screen sharing doesn’t seem to be functional on Ubuntu 20.04 (neon’s base)


And that brings me to today’s topic - PAM. Can’t figure it out. In any case, I was being prompted for keyring password after login and the default keyring wasn’t being unlocked.

  1. Default keyring has to be named as 'Login'. I had an additional on called 'Default Keyring' from Plasma that was set as default. Changed default keyring to Login - however, actual keys and passwords now sit in 'Default keyring'

  2. Had to install seahorse for managing keyrings.

  3. Had to install libpam-gnome-keyring

  4. Added to /etc/pam.d/sddm

    -auth   optional        pam_gnome_keyring.so
    -session optional       pam_gnome_keyring.so auto_start

Stuff I reverted

  1. Sundry changes under /etc/pam.d/login, /etc/pam.d/gdm3-password

  2. Changed display manager to gdm3 from sddm, but since reverted this change (back on sddm)

I have little faith that stuff will work if I go back to Plasma. For now, I’m just in a holding pattern till I migrate over to Arch