[Pkg-shadow-devel] Bug#520184: Bug#520184: Bug#520184: passwd: Obscure message "Authentication token lock busy" when filesystem read-only

Nicolas François nicolas.francois at centraliens.net
Wed Mar 18 13:07:46 UTC 2009

tags 520184 upstream
severity 520184 wishlist
reassign 520184 pam

On Wed, Mar 18, 2009 at 06:44:01AM +0100, bubulle at debian.org wrote:
> Quoting Josh Triplett (josh at freedesktop.org):
> > Package: passwd
> > Version: 1:4.1.1-6
> > Severity: normal
> > 
> > With the root filesystem read-only, passwd gives the obscure error
> > message "Authentication token lock busy", rather than a more useful
> > message like "Filesystem read-only".
> This is a PAM message:
> bubulle at mykerinos:~/src/debian/dpkg/git/po> msgunfmt /usr/share/locale/fr/LC_MESSAGES/Linux-PAM.mo |grep -i token
> msgid "Authentication token aging disabled"
> msgid "Authentication token expired"
> msgid "Authentication token is no longer valid; new one required"
> msgid "Authentication token lock busy"

Hence reassigning to PAM, but I don't think anything can be done for this
as PAM probably uses lckpwdf(), which does not provide any differentiation
on why the lock on the password database could not be acquired.

I would propose to close this bug.

Best Regards,

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