If your site is using the Kerberos V5 login program, you will get
Kerberos tickets automatically when you log in. If your site uses a
different login program, you may need to explicitly obtain your Kerberos
tickets, using the
kinit program. Similarly, if your Kerberos
tickets expire, use the
kinit program to obtain new ones.
To use the
kinit program, simply type kinit and then type
your password at the prompt. For example, Jennifer (whose username is
jennifer) works for Bleep, Inc. (a fictitious company
with the domain name
mit.edu and the Kerberos realm
ATHENA.MIT.EDU). She would type:
shell% kinit Password for jennifer@ATHENA.MIT.EDU: <-- [Type jennifer's password here.] shell%
If you type your password incorrectly, kinit will give you the following error message:
shell% kinit Password for jennifer@ATHENA.MIT.EDU: <-- [Type the wrong password here.] kinit: Password incorrect shell%
and you won't get Kerberos tickets.
kinit assumes you want tickets for your own
username in your default realm.
Suppose Jennifer's friend David is visiting, and he wants to borrow a
window to check his mail. David needs to get tickets for himself in his
own realm, EXAMPLE.COM.1 He would type:
shell% kinit david@EXAMPLE.COM Password for david@EXAMPLE.COM: <-- [Type david's password here.] shell%
David would then have tickets which he could use to log onto his own machine. Note that he typed his password locally on Jennifer's machine, but it never went over the network. Kerberos on the local host performed the authentication to the KDC in the other realm.
If you want to be able to forward your tickets to another host, you need to request forwardable tickets. You do this by specifying the -f option:
shell% kinit -f Password for jennifer@ATHENA.MIT.EDU: <-- [Type your password here.] shell%
kinit does not tell you that it obtained forwardable
tickets; you can verify this using the
(see Viewing Your Tickets with klist).
Normally, your tickets are good for your system's default ticket
lifetime, which is ten hours on many systems. You can specify a
different ticket lifetime with the -l option. Add the letter
s to the value for seconds, m for minutes, h for
hours, or d for days.
For example, to obtain forwardable tickets for
david@EXAMPLE.COM that would be good for
three hours, you would type:
shell% kinit -f -l 3h david@EXAMPLE.COM Password for david@EXAMPLE.COM: <-- [Type david's password here.] shell%
You cannot mix units; specifying a lifetime of 3h30m would result in an error. Note also that most systems specify a maximum ticket lifetime. If you request a longer ticket lifetime, it will be automatically truncated to the maximum lifetime.
 Note: the realm
EXAMPLE.COM must be listed in your computer's Kerberos