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authorAndrew G. Morgan <>2001-03-29 04:21:16 +0000
committerAndrew G. Morgan <>2001-03-29 04:21:16 +0000
commit688f3612e1c9b3a1524bd826a2a7d2546156808f (patch)
tree6bbdff4c016c7266371591501c41db4a51cc36de /modules/pam_limits/README
parenta7181f94c8d5e7f42938b7fa6133589608760f2c (diff)
Relevant BUGIDs: 404953
Purpose of commit: bugfix Commit summary: --------------- The syntax "<domain> -" was not recognized.
Diffstat (limited to 'modules/pam_limits/README')
1 files changed, 17 insertions, 12 deletions
diff --git a/modules/pam_limits/README b/modules/pam_limits/README
index 918e6c91..2398334b 100644
--- a/modules/pam_limits/README
+++ b/modules/pam_limits/README
@@ -4,9 +4,10 @@ pam_limits module:
-First, make a root-only-readable file (/etc/limits by default or LIMITS_FILE
-defined Makefile) that describes the resource limits you wish to impose. No
-limits are imposed on UID 0 accounts.
+First, make a root-only-readable file (/etc/security/limits.conf by
+default or INSTALLED_CONFILE defined Makefile) that describes the
+resource limits you wish to impose. No limits are imposed on UID 0
Each line describes a limit for a user in the form:
@@ -18,9 +19,10 @@ Where:
- a group name, with @group syntax
- the wildcard *, for default entry
-<type> can have the two values:
- - "soft" for enforcinf the soft limits
+<type> can have the three values:
+ - "soft" for enforcing the soft limits
- "hard" for enforcing hard limits
+ - "-" for enforcing both soft and hard limits
<item> can be one of the following:
- core - limits the core file size (KB)
@@ -35,15 +37,18 @@ Where:
- as - address space limit
- maxlogins - max number of logins for this user
- maxsyslogins - max number of logins on the system
-To completely disable limits for a user (or a group), a single dash (-)
-will do (Example: 'bin -', '@admin -'). Please remember that individual
-limits have priority over group limits, so if you impose no limits for admin
-group, but one of the members in this group have a limits line, the user
-will have its limits set according to this line.
+Note, if you specify a type of '-' but neglect to supply the item and
+value fields then the module will never enforce any limits on the
+specified user/group etc. .
+Please remember that individual limits have priority over group
+limits, so if you impose no limits for admin group, but one of the
+members in this group has a limits line, the user will have its limits
+set according to this line.
Also, please note that all limit settings are set PER LOGIN. They are
-not global, nor are they permanent (the session only)
+not global, nor are they permanent (they apply for the session only).
In the LIMITS_FILE, the # character introduces a comment - the rest of the
line is ignored.