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Re: root cannot login tho sudo user can



On Wed, 12 May 2004 07:54:04 -0400
Bob Chiodini <chiodr kscems ksc nasa gov> wrote:

> On Wed, 2004-05-12 at 02:53, Karl L wrote:
> > I suspect that I tried to re-boot while something unlocked was
> > running but the upshot is that I can't login as root.  However,
> > I had previously established myself as a user in the sudoer list
> > with ALL access so I can login as that user (with rw privs).
> > 
> > I've checked Messages but with the exception of an irrelevant
> > printing module (char-major-188) that cannot be located during boot
> > I can find nothing to indicate where my problem lies. The boot.log
> > isn't helpful either.  The secure log wasn't any help either though
> > it did report that the "root" listed in sudoer is "unknown"
> > 
> > According to what I've read about pam, I believe I can remove
> > the password requirment for root from the console (to which I
> > have full access) but I'd rather fix root's login problem if
> > possible.
> > 
> > If there's a troubleshooting HOWTO I've missed or a site where
> > this kind of problem is discussed, I'd appreciate the 
> > information.  Since I've run out of my own guesses, I'd also
> > appreciate any advice listers have to offer.
> > 
> > I'm running FC1 (2188).
> > 
> > 
> > Karl L
> 
> Karl,
> 
> What error do you get?  Are you trying to log into X, a VT, telnet , or
> ssh?  
> 
> If it's a passwd issue, try sudo su and change root's passwd. 
> 
> If you're trying to telnet make sure /etc/securetty is intact.
> 
> Bob...
> 


I forget to add:  I'm logging into X.  The only thing out of the ordinary in the XFree86 log is a warning note about a bad system-v checksum but I dsicount that since X works fine for my sudoer.

Karl L



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