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Old 04-03-2006, 05:24 AM   #1
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Login to Debian GNU/Linux 3.1? HELP?!


I work for a small IT support company how has recently taken over the support for a company who uses a Debian GNU/Linux 3.1 system. Unfortunately I have no experience of Linux whatsoever although I'm fairly up to speed with Windows Server and Novell Netware. I'm fairly confident that with a bit (or more likely a lot!) of reading and some fiddeling I'll be able to get my head around at least the basicx. However, I have one major problem - I can seem to login in to the Debian server correctly?!

On the server screen I am confronted by a DOS style command line prompting for a login. We have been given to administrator password from the previous support company but when I try to login it seems to work OK but then I am again instantly confronted by the same login prompt??

Upon entering the correct username and password (I know they are correct as when I type an incorrect password deliberately I get the message "Login incorrect") the server tells me when the last login was (this is what is leading me to assume I have logged in correctly) and then some text about the programs included with the Debian GNU/Linux system being free software, a message that I have new mail but then the server reverts to the login prompt before I can type any other commands.

If anyone could point me in the right direction I'd be eternally gratefull!!!!

Thanks in advance....

Old 04-03-2006, 06:53 AM   #2
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I am using Linux for the past 2 years and considering myself a newbie. What I will tell you can cause a system crash, but this is the only thing that I can think of relating your problem:

vi /etc/inittab

here look for the word "respawn". You will see something like this:

# Normally not reached, but fallthrough in case of emergency.

There is some sort of failure in the system and it respawns to the login screen.

Personally I would check the /etc/preload.cfg file and see if it contains some kind of information that causes the system to crash and respawn the login screen.


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