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Old 04-04-2004, 04:19 AM   #1
Registered: Jan 2003
Location: Albany, NY
Distribution: Slackware 9.1, Gentoo 2004.1
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cannot log in...pam error

hi....i just finished the 2 day build of gentoo from stage 1 and I booted it, everything worked, so I rebooted again without doing anything to the system and now I cannot log in, even as root. I am logged in single user mode kernel parameter now. the error it gives me is "PAM Failure. Critical Error." /var/log/messages says that it can't find the PAM configuration file...and it's right....there is nothing but an sshd folder inside /etc/pam.d. There should be a "other" file. Why has this happened? How can I use my linux system? I even tried to re-emerge PAM and tried compiling a 2.6 kernel (was using 2.4). Any help appreciated...I'll be standing by. Thanks.
Old 04-04-2004, 09:10 AM   #2
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hmmm, nevermind. for some reason pam wasn't in my USE flags and it's supposed to be. I'll start over :/
Old 08-23-2004, 10:51 AM   #3
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very few problesms require a re-install !
especially in gentoo where installs take days...

i had the same problem, and here's my fix.


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