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Re: can't mount or su

On Mon, Dec 16, 2002 at 02:02:16PM -0500, Shawn Lamson wrote:
> On Mon, 16 Dec 2002 13:46:01 -0500
> vikki@2khiway.net (Vikki Roemer) wrote:
> > Hi!
> > Lately (for the last few weeks) I've been unable to mount the floppy
> > drive or su using one of my accounts.  Mostly it's just annoying
> > because the account that's having problems is the one I use for
> > programming and for playing with possibly dangerous stuff-- my default
> > account is fine.  But, when I do need to get at the floppy when I'm
> > programming, I have to log in as root on another terminal and transfer
> > files between the floppy and the home dir that way, and then go back
> > over to the terminal where I'm logged in to program; needless to say,
> > this is a Bad Thing.
> > 
> > But I've looked through everything I can find and I can't find any
> > explanation for it.  Both accounts are members of the 'floppy' group,
> > so according to what I've read there's no reason why I should be
> > refused access to the floppy drive.  The error message I get when I
> > try to mount a floppy is:
> > mount: Must be superuser to mount.
> Is /floppy set to "defaults" in /etc/fstab ?  If so you may need to add a comma and "user" to allow regular users to mount it.
> ie. /dev/fd0        /floppy         auto    defaults,user,noauto            0      0

Nope, that's not the problem-- the floppy entry in /etc/fstab is:
/dev/fd0        /floppy         auto    defaults,user,noauto
 0      \ 0

It was 'users' instead of 'user', but I tried changing it; that didn't

> > 
> > As for not being allowed to su to root, that's odd, too.  What
> > happens is, I'll type in su, it'll prompt me for a password, I'll type
> > it in (correctly), and then it'll tell me "su: Authentication failure
> > Sorry."  I can't figure out what the problem is there, either.
> I had a problem like that a long time ago; the issue was an
> improperly upgraded package; sorry I can't remember more.  Do you have
> any pending/not upgraded packages? 

None that have been hanging around this long; but I've had a few come
and go.

But I think I've had this problem with su once before-- as you said, a
long time ago.  But for me, I just left it alone for a couple days and
it mysteriously disappeared.  That's why I waited so long to ask about
it-- I wanted to see if it would fix itself.  But that's also why it's
so frustrating to me-- I've had the problem before and gotten rid of
it, but I don't know how. :(  *sigh*

I'm kinda wondering if, since I'm running testing, this is due to some
sort of glibc/gcc bug or something.  *shrug*  I don't know, I'm just
throwing out ideas to see what sort of response I get.

Vikki Roemer
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