[RFC] Add CrackLib to Chapter 6 LFS

Randy McMurchy LFS-User at mcmurchy.com
Thu Aug 4 16:25:10 PDT 2005

Jeremy Huntwork wrote these words on 08/04/05 18:18 CST:

> Is it a common enough (ie, several mainstream distros include it by 
> default) package to mandate that every LFS user build and install it? 

I really don't know, Jeremy. I don't mess around enough with other
Distros to be qualified to answer that. However, if we can provide
something that affords a more secure system to LFS builders at the
small expense of installing one small library, shouldn't we do it?

Should we only do what other Distros do? Can LFS not be innovative
and take a lead in something, and have other Distros follow us?

Surely Distros must use CrackLib, I mean the Shadow and Linux-PAM
packages natively support it. I'm not sure they would if nobody
used CrackLib. Right?

> Are there any disadvantages to including it in the LFS book?

None that I can think of, unless forcing you to be the root user
to make your password "Jeremy" on your local system is a
disadvantage. :-)


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