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Why can't root login at xdm on one system?
  • From: "Reckhard, Tobias" <tobias.reckhard@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 18 Jan 2002 08:40:19 +0100
  • Message-id: <96C102324EF9D411A49500306E06C8D1A56CD0@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Hi all

Does anyone have an idea why xdm can't successfully verify root's password
on one of my systems? This not only prevents root from logging in, but also
forces me to login to be able to shut the system down, because I've set the
system to allow only root to perform shutdown. This is the only one of my
SuSE 7.3 systems with this problem. I've compared /etc/pam.d/xdm,
/opt/kde2/share/config/kdm/kdmrc, /etc/passwd and /etc/shadow. I see nothing
in /var/log/messages, /var/log/warn or /var/log[k|x]dm to indicate a problem
when I attempt to login as root. I *can* su to root.

The only thing I see in /var/log/messages that seems relevant to me are
entries similar to the following:

Jan 18 05:58:52 snsfr002 PAM-unix2[9802]: session started for user reckhard,
service xdm
Jan 18 06:31:22 snsfr002 PAM-unix2[9802]: session finished for user
reckhard, service xdm

I see those for user root on the working systems, but nothing on the one
with the problem (snsfr002).

Any hints?

Cheers
Tobias
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Tobias Reckhard
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Security Networks AG Tel : +49(6196)95888-42
Mergenthalerallee 77 Fax : +49(6196)95888-88
D-65760 Eschborn E-Mail: tobias.reckhard@xxxxxxxxxxx


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