user cannot login....?

Posted on 1998-08-11
Last Modified: 2012-05-04
Hello. i hope somebody can help me, My linux machine doesn"t allow anybody to login anymore, when someone try's the machien reply's with "login incorrect".

I have try to solve it using the "single-user mode" but in that mode the filsystem is Read Only"so i cannot change anything.

Question by:peterhartman
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Expert Comment

ID: 1637777
Did you recently add that user? Or did you install the shadow-suite? Have a look at /etc/shadow. If it exists and the new user isn't added, have a look at /etc/passwd. If the user's located there, run pwconv.


Author Comment

ID: 1637778
Can I run pwconv while in single-user mode ?????

Why does it say that the file system is Read-Only ?????

Expert Comment

ID: 1637779
The filesystem must be mounted as read-only. Type mount to check that. I'm not sure if you can run pwconv in single-user mode, but normally you should be able to.

Did you check whether the user is added in /etc/shadow or /etc/passwd?
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Author Comment

ID: 1637780
i,m going to check that

Author Comment

ID: 1637781
okay, i have checked it, the command pwconv isn't available.....!

My machine gives me a error concerning the kernel version, the version kernel isn't the good version?????

Expert Comment

ID: 1637782
pwconv isn't available, but /etc/shadow is? Strange. The error message means nothing to me. What kernel do you run?
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Expert Comment

ID: 1637783
Check the amount of free memory on your HD. Can sou login as root in multi-user mode. Linux stops the login of nun superuser accounts if the amount of free memory on your HD gets low.

Accepted Solution

sylsan earned 100 total points
ID: 1637784
Reinstall LINUX. I've had the same problem. I've tried everithing but it didn't work.
Reinstalling seems to be the only  available  solution, unless you have some info to backup. This is my opinion. Bye.

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ID: 1637785
That solved my problems , installing a new version off linux (2.0.34)

Thank you all for the suggestions


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