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Old 02-17-2009, 09:57 PM   #1
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User friendly message to user on password changing

Dear all,

I am putting some policy regarding password in one of my server.
Modifications are done in /etc/pam.d/system-auth file which is
a. remember last 2 passwords
b. must be of 8 chars with 1 uppercase, one special char, one digit must

Now what I am looking for is how to change the message linux prompts when user is not proceeding as policy set like if user gives his last password when changing his password then linux gives only a line saying "your password is remembered" which I want to change to something more user friendly. Also same for choosing password.

Waiting for your help on this.

Old 02-18-2009, 02:44 AM   #2
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I'd like to know the answer to this myself, so please post back here when you find the answer.
Old 02-24-2009, 07:56 AM   #3
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I suspect they are compiled into passwd:
strings `which passwd` |less
strings `which passwd` |grep 'password' |less
or some other tool. -- Note: "remembered" is not one of the strings I found in the unidentified ver. of passwd on my MEPIS 7 box.

Identify the tool giving the msg., & you can then decide if you need to recompile it w/ friendlier msgs., or if there is a msgs. file that you can alter.


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