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Re: Password problem confirmed as repeatable - was [Re: Newbie password problem(s)]

Terho Uotila wrote:
Unless you want to try very minimal system you probably want shadow

I do not understand.
Going by text displayed during the installation I had the impression that shadow passwords were for those overly paranoid about supposed incremental security advantages. My machines will effectively be the ultimate in single user systems. I will be the only one with physical access. They will have only occasional restricted access to the internet over a dial up connection. It is very unlikely that there will ever be a LAN among my machines. I do not see that Debian even claims that shadow passwords *could* be of any benefit to me ;/

On Thu, 15 Nov 2012 11:04:21 -0600
Richard Owlett wrote:

2. Did not enable shadow passwords
3. Attempted "su", neither root nor user password accepted

You may have hit a bug.

Obviously there is a "bug".
The question is it me or Debian?

I noticed a problem with disabling shadow
passwords some time back and I don't know if anyone has fixed it, as
(ahem) I haven't gotten around to reporting it yet...

For you I have such a deal.
I've submitted a bug [693464@bugs.debian.org] on which you may comment. This will be especially useful if the problem has been observed in something later than version 6.0.5.

I recall (maybe wrongly) figuring out that when shadow passwords were
not enabled, installer still saved root password into shadow before
disabling it, or something on those lines.

I don't know. Though ~"3 score and 10", this is my first foray into *nix.

I could fix my installation at the time by going into single user mode
and changing root password, after which it worked correctly.

I don't understand that.

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