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NOTE: CentOS Enterprise Linux is built from the Red Hat Enterprise Linux source code. Other than logo and name changes CentOS Enterprise Linux is compatible with the equivalent Red Hat version. This document applies equally to both Red Hat and CentOS Enterprise Linux.

16.2. PAM Configuration Files

The directory /etc/pam.d/ contains the PAM configuration files for each PAM-aware application. In earlier versions of PAM, the file /etc/pam.conf was used, but this file is now deprecated and is only used if the /etc/pam.d/ directory does not exist.

16.2.1. PAM Service Files

Each PAM-aware application or service has a file within the /etc/pam.d/ directory. Each file within this directory bears the name of the service for which it controls access.

It is up to the PAM-aware program to define its service name and install its own PAM configuration file in the /etc/pam.d/ directory. For example, the login program defines its service name as login and installs the /etc/pam.d/login PAM configuration file.

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