Debian Bug report logs - #484743
wish that crontab had pam support

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Package: cron; Maintainer for cron is Javier Fernández-Sanguino Peña <jfs@debian.org>; Source for cron is src:cron.

Reported by: Russell Coker <russell@coker.com.au>

Date: Fri, 6 Jun 2008 02:45:01 UTC

Severity: wishlist

Found in version cron/3.0pl1-100

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Report forwarded to debian-bugs-dist@lists.debian.org, Javier Fernandez-Sanguino Pen~a <jfs@computer.org>:
Bug#484743; Package cron. Full text and rfc822 format available.

Acknowledgement sent to Russell Coker <russell@coker.com.au>:
New Bug report received and forwarded. Copy sent to Javier Fernandez-Sanguino Pen~a <jfs@computer.org>. Full text and rfc822 format available.

Message #5 received at submit@bugs.debian.org (full text, mbox):

From: Russell Coker <russell@coker.com.au>
To: Debian Bug Tracking System <submit@bugs.debian.org>
Subject: wish that crontab had pam support
Date: Fri, 06 Jun 2008 12:42:40 +1000
Package: cron
Version: 3.0pl1-100
Severity: wishlist

I believe that a cron job is fundamentally different to a user login session.
The existence of the files /etc/cron.allow and /etc/cron.deny shows that for a
long time there has been a demand for the ability to control who can use cron
jobs.

It seems to me that the ideal way of managing this is via PAM.  Among other
things this would allow authenticating users by password at the time that they
change cron jobs (as they will be authenticated when they run chsh and similar
commands).


-- System Information:
Debian Release: 4.0
  APT prefers stable
  APT policy: (500, 'stable')
Architecture: i386 (i686)
Shell:  /bin/sh linked to /bin/bash
Kernel: Linux 2.6.18-6-686
Locale: LANG=en_AU.UTF-8, LC_CTYPE=en_AU.UTF-8 (charmap=ANSI_X3.4-1968) (ignored: LC_ALL set to C)

Versions of packages cron depends on:
ii  adduser                3.102             Add and remove users and groups
ii  debianutils            2.17              Miscellaneous utilities specific t
ii  libc6                  2.3.6.ds1-13etch5 GNU C Library: Shared libraries
ii  libpam0g               0.79-5            Pluggable Authentication Modules l
ii  libselinux1            2.0.15-2.etch1    SELinux shared libraries
ii  lsb-base               3.1-23.2etch1     Linux Standard Base 3.1 init scrip

Versions of packages cron recommends:
ii  postfix [mail-transport-agent 2.3.8-2+b1 A high-performance mail transport 

-- no debconf information




Information forwarded to debian-bugs-dist@lists.debian.org, Javier Fernandez-Sanguino Pen~a <jfs@debian.org>:
Bug#484743; Package cron. (Fri, 14 May 2010 15:51:03 GMT) Full text and rfc822 format available.

Acknowledgement sent to Justin Pryzby <justinpryzby@users.sourceforge.net>:
Extra info received and forwarded to list. Copy sent to Javier Fernandez-Sanguino Pen~a <jfs@debian.org>. (Fri, 14 May 2010 15:51:03 GMT) Full text and rfc822 format available.

Message #10 received at 484743@bugs.debian.org (full text, mbox):

From: Justin Pryzby <justinpryzby@users.sourceforge.net>
To: 484743@bugs.debian.org
Cc: Tom Metro <tmetro+debianbugs@vl.com>
Subject: run-parts behavior and cron
Date: Fri, 14 May 2010 08:40:55 -0700
Tom Metro wrote:
> run-parts probably doesn't involve 
> itself in managing the output of the jobs it runs, and therefore it 
> doesn't know if a job has produced any output.
Without checking source code, that seems to be incorrect: quoting
run-parts(8):
       --report
              similar to --verbose, but only prints the name of scripts  which
              produce  output.   The  script’s name is printed to whichever of
              stdout or stderr the script first produces output on.




Information forwarded to debian-bugs-dist@lists.debian.org, Javier Fernandez-Sanguino Pen~a <jfs@debian.org>:
Bug#484743; Package cron. (Sat, 15 May 2010 16:45:04 GMT) Full text and rfc822 format available.

Acknowledgement sent to Tom Metro <tmetro+debianbugs@vl.com>:
Extra info received and forwarded to list. Copy sent to Javier Fernandez-Sanguino Pen~a <jfs@debian.org>. (Sat, 15 May 2010 16:45:04 GMT) Full text and rfc822 format available.

Message #15 received at 484743@bugs.debian.org (full text, mbox):

From: Tom Metro <tmetro+debianbugs@vl.com>
To: Justin Pryzby <justinpryzby@users.sourceforge.net>
Cc: 484743@bugs.debian.org, 404772@bugs.debian.org
Subject: Re: run-parts behavior and cron
Date: Sat, 15 May 2010 12:33:43 -0400
Justin Pryzby wrote:
> Tom Metro wrote:
>> run-parts probably doesn't involve 
>> itself in managing the output of the jobs it runs, and therefore it 
>> doesn't know if a job has produced any output.
> Without checking source code, that seems to be incorrect: quoting
> run-parts(8):
>        --report
>               similar to --verbose, but only prints the name of scripts  which
>               produce  output.   The  script’s name is printed to whichever of
>               stdout or stderr the script first produces output on.

It appears you posted this to the wrong bug. You quoted a comment in 404772.

 -Tom





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