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Symptom On console, unable to login. After typing user name, system replies "System going down ....." then login prompt again. (no passowrd prompt !!) The date/time is yesterday.
With root login, same message shows up but password prompt comes and possible to login.
Situation Not much system change except for installing OCR related packages.
What I did With root, following trouble shooting process went:
shutdown -c -> compaining that no shutdown running.
looked for shutdown process -> did not exist.
init 6 -> successfully restart but situation did not change.
reinstall "login" package -> no luck, even after another restart.
web search -> not much success.
shutdown -r now
the command above cleared up entangled situation.
My guess A cron script (hourly) runs on this machine. Every hour, system goes down, if nobody is logged in. When I logged out yesterday, I did ctrl-alt-del (as usual) to logout. Something like race condition happened (???)
Anyway, things are fine now.
Closing remark If any penguin runs into same situation, try above. It may work, if not please post your solution here.
Have a happy Penguin
Last edited by kaz2100; 01-21-2013 at 12:22 AM.