[Pkg-shadow-devel] Autologin fails with login from shadow >

Northern Lights nlp at northernlightsphoto.biz
Tue Oct 5 00:31:44 UTC 2010


I have been using the following autologin procedure on my machine
to avoid passwords for some time without problems:


My Gentoo system uses the login program from the alioth.debian shadow

However, using any version of shadow greater than causes
this autologin procedure to fail.  The system will only hang.

The trouble begins with login from shadow-4.1.4.  Any login taken from
shadow- or earlier allows the autologin procedure to succeed.

There have been some changes to the login program that may cause
this problem and it may be related to PAM.  I do not use PAM on my

A bug report was filed on the Gentoo bug tracker (https://bugs.gentoo.org/show_bug.cgi?id=324419) but this is definitely an upstream issue and needs to be reported
to the alioth.debian list.

Can this problem be corrected to allow autologin using the latest shadow

Frank Peters

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