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Old 06-14-2011, 03:58 PM   #1
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Distribution: RHEL 5.4, Snow Leopard
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Trying to access command-line tty1 with Ctrl-Alt-F1

I have Red Hat 5.4, and I'm trying to log in using tty1 by pressing Ctrl-Shift-F1. I get to the text login screen, my banner displays, but when I try to log in as root, the banner just displays again and it asks me to log in. It does not say that my password is incorrect, just asks me log in as if the previous exchange never happened. I have added tty1 to /etc/securetty, and all the other tty's and vc/1, vc/2, an attempt to get something to work. I recently started using PAM for password authentication, and the line is set correctly in /etc/pam.d/login. Any idea why I can't log in? Did I miss something I have to add?

Actually, I can't log in as any user, not just root. Any ideas?

Last edited by jeriryan; 06-14-2011 at 04:16 PM.
Old 06-16-2011, 07:36 AM   #2
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Turns out it was a problem with pam. After attempting to log in, then switching back to the GUI and looking at /var/log/secure, I would see that a pam module was being called but was missing. This seems to be a 64-bit bug, where pam looks for the module in /lib instead of /lib64. I copied the module from /lib64 to /lib where it is looking, works now.


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