Login trouble

Andrew Calkin calkina at ece.curtin.edu.au
Tue Sep 24 02:07:12 PDT 2002

I am curious, what stage of the process did you work through to? You mention 
that you compiled programs statically (one of the reasons ppl have trouble in 
chapter 6 is that they didn't compile something statically in chapter 5), 
which makes me wonder if you are entering chapter 6 after just finishing 
chapter 5? Or are you working on a 'completed' LFS system? If it is the 
former, I seem to remember something along the lines of usernames being 
available only after glibc is installed dynamically in chapter 6, so you 
should use the uid 0 for root account when logging in, maybe?

To be honest i'm not sure where you are at, but I haven't seen this before. I 
think that deviation from the book is generally not such a great idea, as the 
book irons out most of the bugs like this that you would come across. Maybe 
some info on exactly what stage you are at would help us to find the problem.


On Tue, 24 Sep 2002 17:04, you wrote:
> Hy!
> I have attempted to build my own minimal linux system and ran into login
> trouble.
> I have used the kernel of my other system and just added a new line to that
> lilo.conf changing the root device. I installed sysvinit, util-linux
> (login, getty, passwd), and bash.
> All were statically linked. i also wrote a minimal inittab and a do-nothing
> init script for runlevel 3. As a passwd and shadow files I made a copies of
> the ones I had in my other system.
> It boots up with no problem. At the login prompt I enter root (or anyother
> user) but my password is not recognized. If from my other linux I mount the
> new root device on /mnt/linux and issue "chroot /mnt/linux passwd", passwd
> complains of not finding my login name. If I issue "chroot /mnt/linux
> passwd root" I get a most peculiar massage in which  I am being asked if I
> am sure user root exists!
> Also compiling sulogin (statically linked) and copying it in its place on
> the new root device and issuing "chroot /mnt/linux sulogin" I am told it
> cannot find the password data base. Needless to say if I run
> "/mnt/linux/sulogin" it works just fine.
> What have I forgotten?
>  Mihai

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