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Old 08-23-2004, 08:36 AM   #1
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strange error, cant login but su - works !

Ive just installed Gentoo.
ive done this many times before with no problem, but this time i changed the USE flag slightly...

i set pam to off ( USE="-pam" )

from what i understand about USE flags, this means programs will not be compiled agaised pam unless they need it.

when i boot to runlevel 3, i get the usual login prompt.. but after entering a username and hitting return (any username) i get a CRITICAL PAM ERROR, ABORTING.

doesnt even ask for a password... then i get anouther login prompt...

at the moment, im in single user mode. and im able to switch users with 'su -'
ive just looked, and PAM IS installed....

anyways.... i think emerge made a mistake and dissables the getty's from being compiled againsed PAM, but maybe allowed su to be compiled againsed pam ?

what should i do to fix this ?

id rather not have to re-emerge the system, it took hours...

any help ?
any idea what went wrong ?

im running a very minimal install at the moment.... just X, twm and firefox installed.

Old 08-23-2004, 09:47 AM   #2
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emerge --unmerge pam-login
emerge --unmerge shadow
USE="pam" emerge shadow
USE="pam" emeger pam-login

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