[lfs-support] 6.06 Creating Essential Files and Symlinks

Bruce Dubbs bruce.dubbs at gmail.com
Tue Feb 14 11:01:31 PST 2012

Andrew Benton wrote:
> On Mon, 13 Feb 2012 16:53:25 -0800
> Qrux <qrux.qed at gmail.com> wrote:
>> "Empirical" testing shows that login writes to btmp.  I infer, from that description given at TLDP, that everything that logs a bad-login attempt (e.g., login) ought to be writing to this file.  It is NOT an SSH-specific thing.
> You appear to be wrong. login writes to /var/log/wtmp,
> not /var/login/btmp. If I try to login as root (on tty1) and
> enter the wrong password nothing gets written to /var/login/btmp. Maybe
> login _should_ be writing the failed login attempt to /var/log/btmp,
> maybe login is broken?
> The only application on my system that writes to /var/login/btmp is
> ssh, so I suggest that we move creating this file to the ssh page in

I've already fixed the problem.  Moving it is more trouble than it's 
worth.  Besides, there may be other packages that use it, e.g. PAM, but 
I don't know for sure.

Besides btmp goes with wtmp and utmp which are used.

   -- Bruce

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