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Old 09-06-2000, 08:50 AM   #1
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One of our Linux boxes will no longer allow a login. On re-boot it gives the normal login prompt, when you type in a user name and hit enter, the cuser will just sit there blinking. I can re-boot in linux single at the LILO, and I can access the box through a remote term emmulator and login just fine. ?? How can I fix this?

Thanks for any help.
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Old 09-06-2000, 05:05 PM   #2
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What error do you get in syslog after the failed login? Did you change anything (or install anything) right before it stopped working? Also, are there any signs of a break-in attempt?
 
Old 09-11-2000, 07:59 AM   #3
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I don't get an error, the login doesn't fail, just never completes. Type a user name, hit return/enter and the prompt for the password never appears. Nothing, just a blinking cuser. This only happens on the box itself, not remote term logins or when booting in single user mode.
 
Old 09-25-2000, 08:42 PM   #4
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I assume that you mean you can telnet to the system and login. This would indicate that your login program is working correctly and possibly there is a problem with information between mingetty and the login program. This leads me to believe the problem is with mingetty. Therefore try the following.

Edit your /etc/inittab file. You should see some lines like:
1:2345:respawn:/sbin/mingetty tty1
2:2345:respawn:/sbin/mingetty tty2
3:2345:respawn:/sbin/mingetty tty3
4:2345:respawn:/sbin/mingetty tty4
5:2345:respawn:/sbin/mingetty tty5
6:2345:respawn:/sbin/mingetty tty6

modify the line for tty3 to:
3:2345:respawn:/sbin/getty tty3

Save and reboot. After you've booted again and are ready to login, type ALT-F3 and try logging in on that terminal. It won't operate completely correctly after login, but should allow a normal login. If it works, your mingetty program is the problem. If not, there may be a problem with login itself or an interprocess communications mechanism.

 
Old 09-27-2000, 09:13 AM   #5
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Thanks, I'll try tonight after the users go home.
 
  


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