Bug#204682: please close this bug-report
After seeing the new glibc update worked for almost everyone else, I
started apt-get install --reinstall every package I could think of. No
luck. Then I changed root's shell and BINGO!
As can be seen in the bugs on bash-static, bash-static may fail without
warning whenever a new glibc version is uploaded. To me, that doesn't
sound like 'static', but hey - at least I can login as root again!
Please close this bug, glibc is not at fault.
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