Bug#538086: installation-reports: Installation works, but neither is user created nor a root password set
reassign 538086 user-setup 1.23
retitle 538086 user-setup: Lenny version is incompatible with Squeeze/Sid
tags 538086 lenny wontfix
On Wednesday 18 November 2009, Yaroslav Rozhylo wrote:
> Steps to reproduce:
> 1. Boot from CD debian-503-i386-businesscard.iso
> 2. Advanced Installation - KDE - Expert mode
> 3. LVM: / and /home
> 4. unstable
> 5. targeted initrd
> 6. choose hide passwords and root login through sudo
> 7. can't login after boot
This is far from a standard installation...
> I had tried to reproduce the same with stable, max initrd and grub
> (not grub2) - everything was ok, withot errors.
> So, the problem is in point 4 or 5.
It is your selection of unstable. Because it is impossible to anticipate on
changes after a stable release, there is never a guarantee that a stable
installer will work correctly to install testing or unstable.
It looks like the problem you encountered is:
Which was solved in the user-setup component of the installer in version
* No longer use the "-m" switch of chpasswd. It uses PAM now and no
longer has this switch. The password will use settings from
libpam-runtime, so MD5 by default.
To install either testing or unstable, you should either
- use the installer for Squeeze 
- install stable using the Lenny installer and then upgrade
BTW, you should have been able to find the cause of the problem fairly
easily yourself by checking the syslog of the installation.