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Sid login problem (delay)... PAM or something else?

I noted on my Dec. 10 dist-upgrade of Sid that logging off of a virtual
terminal had a large delay introduced (minutes, it seems).  An error
msg. is spit out after a bit:

INIT: Id "2" respawning too fast: disabled for 5 minutes

This does NOT happen with the console (tty1).  

Googling noted the existent getty was having trouble based on bad
libraries or some other issue.  I checked what it is linked to:

root:/home/daddy# ldd /sbin/getty
        libc.so.6 => /lib/libc.so.6 (0x40023000)
        /lib/ld-linux.so.2 => /lib/ld-linux.so.2 (0x40000000)

libc6 was not in the upgrade list.  I don't know where ld-linux is.

There is nothing odd in etc/inittab (all lines regarding respawning are
/identical except the runlevels--the default of which is set for 2).

Anyone know what the issue likely is?  My subject: came from
remembering PAM issues some time ago, but for other login problems.

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