Creating a principal using the kadmin C API

Lars Francke lars.francke at
Fri Apr 8 05:56:39 EDT 2022

Thank you. We'll look into this again next week and will see if we can get
it running.
We must have taken a wrong turn somewhere.

Good to hear that it _should_ work!

On Fri, Apr 8, 2022 at 6:35 AM Greg Hudson <ghudson at> wrote:

> On 4/7/22 16:19, Lars Francke wrote:
> > We tried to use kadm5_create_principal_3 and kadm5_randkey_principal_3
> but
> > we seem to be running into an issue. Ideally we'd like to call this
> > function with a handle (+ context) with an in-memory krb5.conf but that
> > does not seem to work so we create the files and refer to them in the
> > profile but kadmin still seems to load (is this related to the
> > "alt_profile"?) a file from a default location which means it'll use the
> > wrong connection details.
> krb5_init_context_profile() lets you supply a profile object.  If this
> is created with profile_init_path(), the application should be able to
> strictly control which file is used.
> It is possible to create an in-memory profile with
> profile_init_vtable().  Perhaps it would be nicer if one could create an
> empty in-memory profile object and populate it with
> profile_add_relation(), but that is not currently implemented.

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