[Grml] Bug with setting passwords when installing using grml2hd and grml-debootstrap

Michael Whapples mwhapples at aim.com
Sun Jun 14 18:34:27 CEST 2009

Yes noticed that grml2hd didn't have the problem when I tested that 
grml2hd 1.2.3 was working for the speakup.synth boot option detection. I 
had just made the assumption (possibly not a valid assumption to make, 
and as it proves to be wrongly made) that as grml-debootstrap had the 
problem in 2009.05 and grml2hd on the RC2 and RC1 CDs suffered from it 
then may be grml2hd on the actual 2009.05 release suffered from it as well.

Michael Whapples
On -10/01/37 20:59, Michael Prokop wrote:
> * Michael Whapples<mwhapples at aim.com>  [20090613 12:58]:
>> I noticed that yesterday when I did an install of debian using
>> grml-debootstrap it seemed to fail to set the password of the root
>> account, it seemed to just print out the help message of the chpasswd
>> command. This was using grml installed on a USB drive using grml2usb and
>> the ISO image of grml 2009.05. I also encountered the same when I did
>> the grml2hd installation using the RC2 CD. The only way I was able to
>> log in to the installed system was to boot grml again, mount the drive
>> where I had done the installation and remove the x from the password
>> field of the /etc/passwd file and then reboot back to the HD
>> installation and log in without a password and then set a new password
>> (there may be another way but this is the one I am certain of).
> Yeah, this is due a very annoying (and stupid, as in: no clean
> upgrade path) change in chpasswd.
>> This seems like a critical bug to me as by default it seems grml2hd and
>> grml-debootstrap leave the installed system unuseable.
> This issue has been fixed within grml2hd for the stable release.
> I'll take care of if for grml-debootstrap, it's recorded as
> http://bts.grml.org/grml/issue692 - thanks for the report.
> regards,
> -mika-

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