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Bug#600320: Installation: set password for root; did not create a user; could not login after 1st reboot.

Quoting Otavio Salvador (otavio@ossystems.com.br):
> Hello John,
> On Fri, Oct 15, 2010 at 9:06 PM, John Hunter <jmdh01@btinternet.com> wrote:
> > I was installing "squeeze" over an old version of Ubuntu which had users
> > already set up in /home. I set up the root password but declined to create any
> > [more] users. The install apparently finished OK and then I rebooted. Upon
> > reboot, the system would not let me log in as root so that I could not manually
> > set up /etc/password, /etc/shadow, /etc/group and /etc/sudoers. I then had to
> > resort to using the CD in recovery mode to set up the users.
> >From your description it looks like you did not formated the partition
> of data. Debian Installer cannot be installed (and it is not designed
> to be used in this case) to install over an existent system. In case
> you have a /home in a separated partition it can be reused but the
> system _need_ to be installed into a fresh partition.

Hmmm, still. John explained that he specifically did not create any
user, so I fail to see how re-using the /home partition would create a
problem: the installer should then not write there, should it?

His use case is a fairly valid use case.

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