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Old 01-11-2012, 12:17 PM   #1
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New successful net install but can't login anywhere.

I used useradd and then passwd without the user's name parameter without which means root's password was changed to user's password and user never got a password. Simple mistake

Another member passed this on: I've been waiting to use this: Head-slap

ron says: Ha, Ha, Ha. Ouch!

ron said: I successfully net installed arch 64 bit basic in virtualbox on fedora 16.

I was able to first boot and login.

I pacman -Syu successfully.

I installed xorg-server xorg-xinit kde-meta-kdebase virtualbox-archlinux-additions xf86-video-fbdev xf86-video-vesa sudo dbus metalog gpm slocate.

I made config file adjustments to rc.conf, and set up a iptables.rules file.

I left inittab set to original run level and xinit settings.

I useradd -m -g users -G wheel -s /bin/bash "my name"

I didn't make any visudo adjustments.

On reboot I expected to be in a terminal, login and try startx command.

But can not login anywhere.

[tty1 archlinux login incorrect]

I'm very confident that I configured correctly and tried several wipe and new installs.

I have an archlinux vboximage kde full 3 months old and updated that works on this same hardware.

$ uname -a

Linux 3.1.7-1.fc16.x86_64 #1 SMP Tue Jan 3 19:45:05 UTC 2012 x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 GNU/Linux



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Old 01-12-2012, 08:57 PM   #2
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You can boot into runlevel 1, then change password with passwd command

What bootloader do you use ? Lilo, grub...

Sorry, didn't realize that your problem is that you can't get a login prompt at boot

The only thing to do is to edit inittab and configure the correct runlevel afaik
(you need to change runlevel in the bootloader first, though)

Last edited by Cedrik; 01-12-2012 at 09:05 PM.
Old 01-12-2012, 09:21 PM   #3
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Originally Posted by Cedrik View Post
You can boot into runlevel 1, then change password with passwd command

What bootloader do you use ? Lilo, grub...

I booted the live cd and:

# mount /dev/sda1/ mnt/cdrom

# chroot /mnt/cdrom

# passwd root

I couldn't get to grub screen because "quiet splash" was on

to make matters worse I was in virtualbox and none of the function keys worked.

Last edited by macroron; 01-12-2012 at 09:22 PM.


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