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Re: can't mount or su

On Tue, Dec 17, 2002 at 12:14:10AM +0100, Matthias Hentges wrote:
> Am Mon, 2002-12-16 um 19.46 schrieb Vikki Roemer:
> > 
> > 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.
> > 
> > Up until a few weeks ago, I didn't have any trouble mounting the
> > floppy or su'ing.  Does anybody have any idea what the problem might
> > be?
> > 
> You may want to try a strace of su:
> $ strace su
> Most of the times you will find your answer with strace.

Man, that's a cool program!  I ought to run that more often. :)

Ok, anyway, I ran the program with both user accounts (to see if I
could figure anything out from the differences (after running 'diff'
on the output file, of course)) and have the full output in a file in
each account, and I also have a diff of the 2 files; so now my
question is, how do I decipher this?  I mean, granted, I do know a
little programming, but a) C is the newest language that I've learned,
and I'm coming to the conclusion that just because I can write some
programs, that does not mean that I have any particularly great coding
skills (yet), and b) this stuff is *really* raw-- I'm having trouble
muddling through it.

Alright, now for the questions-- 1, is the diff any good, do you
think?  I'm not finding any significant differences between the
files.  2, I'm kind of reluctant to post the files; granted, I can
chop out the passwords (that's the obvious one), but is there anything
else I should edit out of the files before posting them?  And 3, what
do you want me to post?  All 3 files, just the one from the account
that's giving me problems, just the diff, or some other combination?
Sorry for being a pain about this stuff, but I'm kinda paranoid.


Vikki Roemer
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