[Pkg-shadow-devel] Bug#600755: Bug#600755: Autologin fails with login from shadow >

Frank Peters frank.peters at comcast.net
Tue Nov 16 16:51:59 UTC 2010

On Mon, 15 Nov 2010 23:29:01 +0100
Nicolas François <nicolas.francois at centraliens.net> wrote:

> I did not reproduce this.
> Could you check if there are some information logged in /var/log/syslog or
> /var/log/auth.log.
> It might be that login is more strict regarding having an entry in UTMP
> before it is started, which might not be the case with the autologin
> method you are using.
> There might also be output indicating why login failed. You may have to
> block your script at the end (e.g. with 'read') or you can redirect
> login's stdout and stderr.

I can't get any output at all.  It seems the login program does not
even execute.

For example, after logging in as root using an older version (
of login, when I manually execute "login -f <user>" with the newer login,
the command hangs.  There is no response and I need to do Ctl-C to regain

Using the older login ( allows the command "login -f <user>"
to execute normally.

I have been searching and also cannot find any reports that reproduce
this problem.  It could be just a peculiarity of my configuration
somehow.  Until I can do some more debugging, I'll just use login from

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