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  1. No local console login

    In doing a server install, I have ended up with a system that does not
    offer login at local console, (I can ssh to, no problem). I'm
    thinking that I may have neglected to install something, but other
    than that, I don't have a clue as to what is wrong or how to fix it.
    Any help with this will be most appreciated.
    Here is the list of installed packages:

    aaa_base-12.1.0-noarch-2 lftp-3.7.0-i486-1
    aaa_elflibs-12.1.1-i486-1 libaio-0.3.106-i486-1
    acct-6.3.2-i386-1 libassuan-1.0.4-i486-1
    acpid-1.0.4-i486-2 libcdio-0.79-i486-1
    apmd-3.2.2-i486-1 libgcrypt-1.4.0-i486-2
    apr-1.2.12-i486-1 libgpg-error-1.6-i486-3
    apr-util-1.2.12-i486-1 libksba-1.0.3-i486-1
    at-3.1.10-i486-1 libmcs-0.7.0-i486-1
    autoconf-2.61-noarch-1 libtermcap-1.2.3-i486-7
    automake-1.9.6-noarch-1 libtool-1.5.24-i486-1
    bash-3.1.017-i486-2 libusb-0.1.12-i486-2
    bc-1.06.95-i486-1 lilo-22.8-i486-12
    bin-11.1-i486-1 logrotate-3.7.4-i486-1
    bin86-0.16.15-i486-1 lsof-4.78-i486-1
    bind-9.4.2-i486-2 lynx-2.8.6rel.5-i486-1
    binutils-2.17.50.0.17-i486-1 m4-1.4.11-i486-1
    bpe-2.01.00-i486-1 mailx-12.3-i486-1
    bridge-utils-1.2-i486-1 man-1.6f-i486-1
    bsd-finger-0.17-i486-1 man-pages-2.79-noarch-1
    bzip2-1.0.5-i486-1 mhash-0.9.9-i486-1
    ccache-2.4-i486-1 mkinitrd-1.3.2-i486-2
    clisp-2.41a-i486-1 mm-1.4.2-i486-2
    coreutils-6.9-i486-1 module-init-tools-3.4-i486-1
    cpio-2.5-i486-3 most-4.10.2-i486-2
    cscope-15.6-i486-1 mpfr-2.3.1-i486-1
    curl-7.16.2-i486-1 mtr-0.72-i486-1
    cvs-1.11.22-i486-1 mysql-5.0.51b-i486-1
    cxxlibs-6.0.9-i486-1 nasm-0.98.39-i486-1
    cyrus-sasl-2.1.22-i486-1 nc-1.10-i386-1
    db42-4.2.52-i486-3 ncompress-4.2.4-i486-1
    db44-4.4.20-i486-2 ncurses-5.6-i486-3
    dbus-1.1.20-i486-1 neon-0.26.4-i486-1
    dbus-glib-0.74-i486-2 net-snmp-5.4-i486-6
    dbus-python-0.82.4-i486-1 net-tools-1.60-i486-2
    dbus-qt3-0.70-i486-2 netkit-bootparamd-0.17-i486-1
    dcron-2.3.3-i486-6 netkit-ftp-0.17-i486-1
    desktop-file-utils-0.14-i486-1 netkit-ntalk-0.17-i486-2
    device-mapper-1.02.24-i486-1 netkit-rwall-0.17-i486-1
    devs-2.3.1-noarch-25 netkit-rwho-0.17-i486-2
    dhcp-3.0.6-i486-1 netkit-timed-0.17-i486-1
    dhcpcd-2.0.4-i486-2 netpipes-4.2-i386-1
    dialog-1.1_20070930-i486-1 netwatch-1.0a-i386-1
    diffstat-1.43-i486-1 network-scripts-12.1-noarch-1
    diffutils-2.8.1-i486-3 nmap-4.60-i486-3
    dirmngr-1.0.0-i486-1 normalize-0.7.6-i486-1
    distcc-2.18.3-i486-2 ntp-4.2.4p0-i486-1
    dmapi-2.2.8_1-i486-1 openldap-client-2.3.38-i486-1
    dmidecode-2.9-i486-1 openobex-1.3-i486-1
    dnsmasq-2.41-i486-1 openssh-5.0p1-i486-1
    dosfstools-2.11-i486-1 openssl-0.9.8g-i486-1
    doxygen-1.5.5-i486-1 openssl-solibs-0.9.8g-i486-1
    e2fsprogs-1.40.8-i486-1 oprofile-0.9.2-i486-5
    eject-2.1.5-i486-1 p2c-1.21alpha2-i486-3
    elvis-2.2_0-i486-2 patch-2.5.4-i486-1
    etc-12.1-noarch-4 pciutils-2.2.10-i486-1
    ethtool-5-i486-1 perl-5.8.8-i486-6
    expat-2.0.1-i486-1 pine-4.64-i486-2
    file-4.21-i486-1 pinentry-0.7.5-i486-1
    findutils-4.2.31-i486-1 pkgtools-12.1.0-noarch-7
    flex-2.5.33-i486-3 pmake-1.111-i486-3
    floppy-5.4-i386-3 popt-1.7-i486-2
    gamin-0.1.9-i486-1 procps-3.2.7-i486-2
    gawk-3.1.5-i486-3 pssh-1.3.1-noarch-1
    gcc-4.2.3-i486-1 pth-2.0.7-i486-1
    gcc-g++-4.2.3-i486-1 python-2.5.2-i486-1
    gdb-6.8-i486-1 qt-3.3.8b-i486-2
    gdbm-1.8.3-i486-4 quota-3.13-i486-1
    genpower-1.0.5-i486-1 rcs-5.7-i486-2
    getmail-4.7.4-noarch-1 readline-5.2-i486-3
    gettext-0.17-i486-2 sed-4.1.5-i486-1
    gettext-tools-0.17-i486-2 shadow-4.0.3-i486-15
    getty-ps-2.1.0b-i486-1 slang-2.1.3-i486-1
    ghostscript-fonts-std-8.11-noarch-1 slang1-1.4.9-i486-1
    glibc-solibs-2.7-i486-10 slocate-3.1-i486-1
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    gmp-4.2.2-i486-1 splitvt-1.6.5-i486-1
    gnupg-1.4.9-i486-1 startup-notification-0.9-
    i486-1
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    gnutls-2.2.2-i486-1 stunnel-4.17-i486-1
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    grep-2.5-i486-3 sysklogd-1.4.1-i486-10
    groff-1.19.2-i486-1 syslinux-3.52-i486-1
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    gzip-1.3.12-i486-1 sysvinit-functions-8.53-i486-2
    hal-0.5.10-i486-2 sysvinit-scripts-1.2-noarch-20
    hal-info-20080317-noarch-1 tar-1.16.1-i486-1
    httpd-2.2.8-i486-1 tcp_wrappers-7.6-i486-1
    icmpinfo-1.11-i486-1 tcpdump-3.9.8-i486-1
    indent-2.2.9-i386-1 tcsh-6.15.00-i486-1
    inetd-1.79s-i486-8 texinfo-4.8-i486-1
    infozip-5.52-i486-2 time-1.7-i486-1
    inotify-tools-3.13-i486-1 traceroute-1.4a12-i386-2
    iproute2-2.6.16_060323-i486-2 udev-118-i486-3
    iptables-1.4.0-i486-1 unarj-265-i486-1
    iptraf-3.0.0-i486-2 usbutils-0.73-i486-2
    irssi-0.8.12-i486-1 utempter-1.1.4-i486-1
    isapnptools-1.26-i486-2 util-linux-ng-2.13.1-i486-1
    ispell-3.2.06-i386-1 vim-7.1.285-i486-1
    jfsutils-1.1.12-i486-1 vlan-1.9-i486-2
    joe-3.5-i486-1 vsftpd-2.0.5-i486-1
    kbd-1.12-i486-2 wget-1.11.1-i486-1
    which-2.16-i486-1 zoo-2.10-i486-1
    whois-4.7.26-i486-1 zsh-4.3.6-i486-1
    zlib-1.2.3-i486-2 less-394-i486-1
    ksh93-2007_03_28-i486-2

  2. Re: No local console login

    "trryhend@gmail.com" wrote:
    > I have ended up with a system that does not
    > offer login at local console,


    Do you have "vga=normal" in lilo.conf? Otherwiser your problem might be
    that your display is unable to show the login prompt. Myabe it would be
    possible for you to log in blindly?

    However, in lack of error messages or clues from log files I'm only
    guessing now.

    > (I can ssh to, no problem).


    Then there is good hope to debug this.

    regards Henrik
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  3. Re: No local console login

    In article
    ,
    "trryhend@gmail.com" wrote:

    > In doing a server install, I have ended up with a system that does not
    > offer login at local console, (I can ssh to, no problem).


    Is it configured to boot in runlevel 4, by any chance? In that runlevel,
    a console login is only offered on tty 6. Try pressing ctrl-alt-F6.

    - Martijn

  4. Re: No local console login

    Martijn Dekker says:

    >Is it configured to boot in runlevel 4, by any chance? In that
    >runlevel, a console login is only offered on tty 6. Try pressing
    >ctrl-alt-F6.


    Or you could simply try vista. No console! (Thank God!!!)

    Oh, no, cry the cowardly anals! The cowardly anals can't be masters
    of the world without a console!

    Once you learn about about vista you will soon see that linux is
    truly a 1970ish OS. But then you knew that right? And your head's
    have been jammed up your asses since the 70s and you don't know any
    better, right?

    You're afraid to learn something new. You are so proud of the fact
    that you have "mastered" linux at the introductory, none-programming
    level, you can't bear to let it go.

    Pity.

    cordially, as always,

    rm

  5. Re: No local console login

    On Sun, 01 Jun 2008 06:55:44 +0000, Realto Margarino wrote:

    > Or you could simply try vista. No console!


    You have found out yet how to access it....

  6. Re: No local console login

    On Sun, 1 Jun 2008, Realto Margarino wrote:

    > Martijn Dekker says:
    >
    >> Is it configured to boot in runlevel 4, by any chance? In that
    >> runlevel, a console login is only offered on tty 6. Try pressing
    >> ctrl-alt-F6.

    >
    > Or you could simply try vista. No console! (Thank God!!!)
    >

    I can't say that I've heard of this "Vista" distribution you speak of.

    It probably isn't a good idea to pursue one of the lesser Linux
    distributions, not enough people using it and usually there's a reason.

    Michael

  7. Re: No local console login

    On 2008-05-30, trryhend@gmail.com wrote:
    > In doing a server install, I have ended up with a system that does not
    > offer login at local console, (I can ssh to, no problem).


    You don't say what your system does offer. What do you see on the
    display? Do you see e.g., the LILO prompts, the kernel boot messages,
    what else after that? Saying "it doesn't work" isn't really helpful.

    --keith


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  8. Re: No local console login

    On Jun 1, 9:39 am, Keith Keller francisco.ca.us> wrote:
    > On 2008-05-30, trryh...@gmail.com wrote:
    >
    > > In doing a server install, I have ended up with a system that does not
    > > offer login at local console, (I can ssh to, no problem).

    >
    > You don't say what your system does offer. What do you see on the
    > display? Do you see e.g., the LILO prompts, the kernel boot messages,
    > what else after that? Saying "it doesn't work" isn't really helpful.


    I see all of the normal information as it boots but when that ends, I
    do not see login: prompt - you can type and the characters you type
    will appear on the screen and you can issue command:
    echo test > /dev/tty0
    from a ssh session and [as you might imagine] the word "test" will be
    printed on the [local console] screen.

    >
    > --keith
    >
    > --
    > kkeller-use...@wombat.san-francisco.ca.us
    > (try just my userid to email me)
    > AOLSFAQ=http://www.therockgarden.ca/aolsfaq.txt
    > see X- headers for PGP signature information



  9. Re: No local console login

    trryhend@gmail.com wrote:

    > In doing a server install, I have ended up with a system that does not
    > offer login at local console, (I can ssh to, no problem). I'm
    > thinking that I may have neglected to install something, but other
    > than that, I don't have a clue as to what is wrong or how to fix it.
    > Any help with this will be most appreciated.


    This may be a long shot, but google turned up an old (pre-udev) case in
    which the tty's were not linked to vc's. Each /dev/tty* entry should be a
    symlink to a /dev/vc/* device. If not, it seems you can have a tty, but no
    console, which sounds a lot like your situation. No idea how that could
    happen. The udev rules for this are
    in /etc/udev/rules.d/40-slackware.rules.

    --
    Old Man

    If all else fails, immortality can always be assured by spectacular error. -
    John Kenneth Galbraith

  10. Re: No local console login

    "trryhend@gmail.com" wrote:
    > I see all of the normal information as it boots but when that ends, I
    > do not see login: prompt - you can type and the characters you type
    > will appear on the screen and you can issue command:
    > echo test > /dev/tty0
    > from a ssh session and [as you might imagine] the word "test" will be
    > printed on the [local console] screen.


    That was really useful information. I no longer think it has anything to
    do with any lilo settings.

    What if you in your ssh session as root type the following:

    agetty 38400 tty0 linux

    Does that give you a login prompt at tty0?

    regards Henrik
    --
    The address in the header is only to prevent spam. My real address is:
    hc3(at)poolhem.se Examples of addresses which go to spammers:
    root@localhost postmaster@localhost


  11. Re: No local console login

    What runlevel are you in? You can "ps -aef | grep ' init '" and you
    will see what you are in.

    Assuming you are not in X (runlevel 4), and you are in runlevel 3
    (multiuser default runlevel), then are there agetty's running? Do a "ps
    -aef | grep getty" and see whats running?

    Last, if they are not running, then are are they commented out in the
    /etc/inittab? Is /sbin/agetty executable?

    If you are in runlevel 4 (which unless you are running X, you should not
    be in), try a "telinit 3" as root.

    Hope this helps,

    Nuz

  12. Re: No local console login

    Mark Madsen says:
    >On Sun, 01 Jun 2008 06:55:44 +0000, Realto Margarino wrote:


    >> Or you could simply try vista. No console!


    >You have found out yet how to access it....


    And how do you access Vista's console? A console
    is not simply a terminal screen.

    You know that, right?

    cordially, as always,

    rm

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