[Aptitude-devel] Bug#516854: aptitude: Wrong error message when root login is disabled

Manuel A. Fernandez Montecelo manuel.montezelo at gmail.com
Fri Nov 13 13:23:18 UTC 2015

Control: tags -1 + pending

Hi Darren,

2009-02-24 01:24 Darren Oh:
>Package: aptitude
>Severity: normal
>When Debian is installed with root login disabled, selecting "Become
>root" and entering a password generates the following error:
>E: Subprocess exited with an error -- did you type your password
>I would have expected Aptitude to be aware that root login is disabled
>and either use sudo to become root or provide an accurate error message.

For the reasons discussed in the bug report, this is difficult to

I changed the message so it gives more hints about what can be going

│ E: Subprocess exited with an error, probably due to one of these reasons:
│    - incorrect password,
│    - insufficient permissions to become root, or
│    - root login disabled

Commited and will be present in the next release, so marking as

Thanks for your report.

Manuel A. Fernandez Montecelo <manuel.montezelo at gmail.com>

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