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Re: NIS su - joe su: Autentication service cannot retrieve authntication info. (Ignored)

On Sat, May 18, 2002 at 10:04:37AM +0000, Miquel van Smoorenburg wrote:
> In article <20020518093711.GA7723@j-son.org>,
> Christian Jönsson  <christian@j-son.org> wrote:
> >Following nis.debian.howto using shadow passwords I end up
> >with this problem. I cannot login on any virtual console on
> >a NIS client host.
> >
> >If I login as root on the NIS client host, and try su - joe
> >(assuming joe is in the NIS master host users) I get this
> >behaviour:
> >
> >su - joe
> >su: Authentication service cannt retrieve authentication info.
> >(Ignored)
> That sounds suspiciously much like a PAM message

I see. You wouldn't say it was shadow passwd related?
> >but I het the user Joe account, with the right UID/GID, the
> >right username translation from UID, the right group name
> >translation from GID...
> >I wonder what is wrong? How do I "debug" this to track down my error?
> Check /etc/pam.d/su and /etc/pam.d/login etc

Will do that then.
> Perhaps you have only pam_pwdb loaded; I don't think it uses
> getpwnam() but rather reads /etc/passwd directly, which
> isn't going to work. You need pam_unix

hmm, how do I check whether I have pam_unix or not? 

I'm on a SPARC Woody system, might it be SPARC port releted?



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