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Old 05-21-2012, 06:52 AM   #1
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Getty not spawning password prompt, hanging

My 'sandbox' partition boots up fine, starting all the early runlevel daemons/scripts correctly. However, when it begins 'entering runlevel 3', it just sits there, with no password prompt spawned. Going into a different runlevel doesn't help: it just stops at the same place.

I have recompiled and installed shadow (to ensure that agetty, init and login are all clean), as well as udev. My inittab lists the agetty location (/sbin) under PATH, and an example line is:
tty1:linux:/sbin/agetty /dev/tty1 9600
which appears to be sensible, though I have tried fiddling with, for example, getting it to autologin and get me a bash console, in case that helps (which it doesn't).

I can chroot into the partition from my 'working' one, but I can't seem to find any logs that would be helpful (is there such a log?), and can't find a way of getting init or agetty to be more verbose about what they're doing or what might be going wrong.

I am using Source Mage, if that helps. I can't seem to find a similar problem anywhere online, except in the case of a Xenserver setup which seems to be quite specific to that.

Thanks for any assistance.

Edited to add: changing virtual consoles doesn't work, it just stays where it is. But ctrl-alt-del does reboot.

Last edited by Grady; 05-21-2012 at 07:00 AM. Reason: More info
Old 05-22-2012, 01:13 AM   #2
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I think the prompt is the last thing and it can be locked earlier not just in agetty. Have you tried to wait a bit, maybe a timeout will solve it?
Old 05-22-2012, 12:18 PM   #3
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Timeout doesn't help, it just sits there.

Have tried using mingetty -- same thing. Using qlogin just gives the 'respawning too fast' error. So something seems to be stopping the getty types from actually getting a tty. My /dev tree seems to be created correctly. Perhaps this is some sort of permissions issue?

Am currently fiddling with 'upstart' as an alternative init system, which may be a workaround, though a lot of PT for what might be a simple problem.
Old 07-25-2012, 07:33 AM   #4
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Are you solved this problem? I have exactly the same problem.


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