Arch 3.1.9-23 - Can't Login


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by sidb » Tue Jul 03, 2012 9:20 pm
Booting to Arch Linux 3.1.9-23 (archlinuxarm-13-06-2012), I can't login with root:root via console or ssh (using different physical keyboards on each). No problems at all on Debian.

I've checked the hash, and re-written the SD card several times, but I always get the same thing: user:root, password:root results in "Login incorrect" on console and "Access denied" via ssh

What am I missing here?

Have seen a few posts in the forum with people having trouble on Debian, but all seem to be blaming wrong hash, password typos or sticky keyboards - I reckon I've checked all these!
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by sidb » Wed Jul 04, 2012 11:49 am
Still having same problem today - can anyone please confirm that they can login to a fresh archlinuxarm-13-06-2012 as root:root?

Thanks
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by stevepdp » Wed Jul 04, 2012 11:56 am
Moved to the Arch forum, your post should get more attention there ;-)
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by pepedog » Wed Jul 04, 2012 12:40 pm
Have you ever logged in since install, ie done upgrades?
If no, I can't help, sounds like corruption.
If yes, there was a blip with previous kernel, now fixed, so burn and upgrade again.
I always like to sync before reboot, know its not supposed to be nessesary.
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by sidb » Wed Jul 04, 2012 3:22 pm
> Have you ever logged in since install, ie done upgrades?

No - this is a fresh install. I was using the previous build (archlinuxarm-29-04-2012) without problems, but have not been able to login on archlinuxarm-13-06-2012 at all.

> If no, I can't help, sounds like corruption.

This was my thought but have redownloaded, checked hash and re-imaged.

> If yes, there was a blip with previous kernel, now fixed, so burn and upgrade again.

I will keep trying - was really just looking for confirmation that root:root should work.

Is a firmware update required?

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by pepedog » Wed Jul 04, 2012 5:21 pm
When you pacman -Syu it will pickup kernel and firmware updates (if available)
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by sidb » Wed Jul 04, 2012 9:06 pm
Thanks but I can't login to do a pacman.

I've just re-downloaded and reimaged and still can't get past the login prompt
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by sdjf » Fri Jul 06, 2012 3:22 pm
Did you see Pepedog's suggestion to sync before boot? That was also mentioned as a step before initial boot in this startup guide:

http://www.mybiteofpi.com/guides.html
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by HashberryPee » Sat Jul 07, 2012 8:13 am
Same problem, I can't login either with 'root' nor with my own user.
Followed the pepedog's steps until point 32.
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by sdjf » Sun Jul 08, 2012 7:09 am
Sorry I was not more clear. That startup guide was written by Nathan. The suggestion about syncing was made by Pepedog earlier in the thread you are reading. Two different people.
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by abence » Mon Jul 09, 2012 2:02 pm
This one solved it for me.

Login via SSH
pacman -Syu util-linux
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by HashberryPee » Tue Jul 10, 2012 5:59 am
abence wrote:This one solved it for me.

Login via SSH
pacman -Syu util-linux

Worked.
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by sidb » Tue Jul 10, 2012 11:40 am
So...

I couldn't login via ssh as my root/root credentials were always rejected. So could never pacman anything!

Have finally traced it to a defective SD card reader which seems to have been corrupting the image whilst writing to the SD (I suspect that the repeated failures were actually caused by the SD never actually being overwritten with a replacement image)

Thanks for all suggestions.
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