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Bug#584201: debian-installer: KDE expert graphical netinst doesn't create users or set root password

Package: debian-installer
Version: i386 bc binary-1 20100201-16:44 netinst
Severity: normal

Fresh install from the netinst image, graphical expert install, KDE option.
Reproduced this twice:

The installer asks for the root password, but does not set it.

The installer asks to create a user. User info is provided, including password,
but the user is not created.

Shadow passwords are enabled. Root login is enabled.

Upon booting to a rescue shell, the password field in /etc/shadow is set to
'x' so root is unable to log in.

Further examination of /etc/passwd and /etc/shadow indicate that the regular
user was not created.

When I edited /etc/shadow to remove the 'x' in the password field for root
I was able to log into the console without a password (as expected). I was
able to set a password for root and create the regular user at UID 1000.

-- System Information:
Debian Release: squeeze/sid
  APT prefers testing
  APT policy: (500, 'testing')
Architecture: i386 (i686)

Kernel: Linux 2.6.32-3-686 (SMP w/2 CPU cores)
Locale: LANG=en_US, LC_CTYPE=en_US (charmap=ISO-8859-1)
Shell: /bin/sh linked to /bin/dash

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