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pam_limits - PAM module to limit resources
pam_limits.so [change_uid] [conf=/path/to/limits.conf] [debug]
The pam_limits PAM module sets limits on the system resources that can
be obtained in a user-session. Users of uid=0 are affected by this
By default limits are taken from the /etc/security/limits.conf config
file. Then individual files from the /etc/security/limits.d/ directory
are read. The files are parsed one after another in the order of "C"
locale. The effect of the individual files is the same as if all the
files were concatenated together in the order of parsing. If a config
file is explicitely specified with a module option then the files in
the above directory are not parsed.
The module must not be called by a multithreaded application.
If Linux PAM is compiled with audit support the module will report when
it denies access based on limit of maximum number of concurrent login
Change real uid to the user for who the limits are set up. Use this
option if you have problems like login not forking a shell for user
who has no processes. Be warned that something else may break when
you do this.
Indicate an alternative limits.conf style configuration file to
override the default.
Print debug information.
Some broken applications actually allocate a utmp entry for the
user before the user is admitted to the system. If some of the
services you are configuring PAM for do this, you can selectively
use this module argument to compensate for this behavior and at the
same time maintain system-wide consistency with a single
Do not report exceeded maximum logins count to the audit subsystem.
MODULE SERVICES PROVIDED
Only the session service is supported.
Cannot get current limits.
No limits found for this user.
New limits could not be set.
Cannot read config file.
Error recovering account name.
Limits were changed.
The user is not known to the system.
Default configuration file
For the services you need resources limits (login for example) put a
the following line in /etc/pam.d/login as the last line for that
service (usually after the pam_unix session line):
# Resource limits imposed on login sessions via pam_limits
session required pam_limits.so
Replace "login" for each service you are using this module.
limits.conf(5), pam.d(5), pam(7).
pam_limits was initially written by Cristian Gafton <email@example.com>