Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 469226
no user account == no login
Last modified: 2008-11-07 15:11:04 EST
(Please note that this isn't intended as a root-login-to-gdm dogma bug report)
When re-installing a machine with fedora 10 beta (from a USB key), I planned for what I thought was the reasonable approach of:
- install with no accounts
- login as root
- restore the account information
which meant I indicated 'no' when asked to create an initial user account (perhaps the warning indicated there'd be consequences, I didn't notice). This in turn meant that once the install had finished, I'd rebooted, I couldn't login.
(After recovering from the panic, and finding a TTY (hey they moved :-), I got to a terminal and finished the process.)
Anyway, if a user refuses to provide an account or network name services, should the machine be left in run-state 3 so that at least a login is possible?
firstboot let you bypass the user account creation step without having any non-root users on the system?
(In reply to comment #1)
> firstboot let you bypass the user account creation step without having any
> non-root users on the system?
Yes; it displayed a message about how this wasn't a good idea; but let me soldier on.
If it is relevant; this was using the live CD (copied to a USB).
*** Bug 469359 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
Hm, did you have any users or anything existing on the system before firstboot was run? I can't get a default livecd install to give me the option of skipping making a user. The only time it should ever present that dialog is if there's any user account with UID above 500. Otherwise, you have to make a new user.
(In reply to comment #5)
> Hm, did you have any users or anything existing on the system before firstboot
> was run? I can't get a default livecd install to give me the option of
> skipping making a user. The only time it should ever present that dialog is if
> there's any user account with UID above 500. Otherwise, you have to make a new
I'm pretty any remnants of the old accounts were lost.
See: https://bugzilla.redhat.com/show_bug.cgi?id=468867 for the system lost its existing user accounts.
This is fixed in firstboot-1.100, which is the version right after the beta was released.