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Re: Automatic root password setting

On Wed, Oct 06, 2004 at 03:31:08PM +0100, Paul Millar wrote:
> On Tuesday 05 October 2004 09:51, Free Ekanayaka wrote:
> > what about automatic root pw setting?
> (my reading is...)
> Currently this doesn't work because passwd deliberately unsets the 
> passwd/root-passwd and ...-again keys before trying to obtain them.  This is 
> (IMO) correct behaviour -- no system should expect to hold root pw in 
> plain-text, so any existing values should be discarded.
> An alternative solution is to have a key passwd/root-hash (or some such) that 
> the passwd install scripts would use, if its set, so it wouldn't need to ask 
> the user for the password.  Probably only a few lines of extra code are 
> needed to support this.

Or passwd/root-passwd with an invented 'hash' flag set. Joey (or
anyone), does the preseeding infrastructure support debconf flags?

Colin Watson                                       [cjwatson@debian.org]

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