Bug 842556 - Plymouth password login screen locks up after timeout
Plymouth password login screen locks up after timeout
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: plymouth (Show other bugs)
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Assigned To: Ray Strode [halfline]
Fedora Extras Quality Assurance
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Reported: 2012-07-24 04:19 EDT by Björn Ruberg
Modified: 2012-09-03 08:04 EDT (History)
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Last Closed: 2012-09-03 08:04:38 EDT
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Description Björn Ruberg 2012-07-24 04:19:44 EDT
Description of problem:
I've seen this problem on four different systems since Fedora 15. I've encrypted my home partition and that's why plymouth prompts for a password on bootup.
I noted that I have to be fast to enter the password - because when I wait some minutes I can still enter the password, but nothing happens after that. The system just locks. I cannot leave plymouth by pressing ESC, all I can do is reboot. Very bad!

I tried it once with deactivating plymouth with ESC before the password prompt. And then I can actually see what happens. On the console I see a timeout message 
 of the password service and I'm advised to press Ctrl+D to go on. If I do that, I can enter the password again and everything is fine.

So the problem probably is, that the system expects you to press Ctrl+D, but you cannot see that from the password prompt. So there is no way of knowing that the solution is so simple.

Steps to Reproduce:
1. Have an encrypted partition
2. Boot your system and wait three minutes before entering the password
3. See nothing happending anymore.
Possible solutions:
1. Show the "press Strg+D" message in the plymouth prompt
2. Fall back to console if the password is not entered
Comment 1 Ray Strode [halfline] 2012-08-02 13:32:51 EDT
that sounds awful. Do you know if the message is coming from cryptsetup ?
Comment 2 Björn Ruberg 2012-09-03 08:04:38 EDT
Sorry, didn't geht the notification of your reply. 
I've seen my boxes falling back to console where you can see the "press Ctrl+D" message in the last days. Must have been an update. So I consider this specific bugs as closed.

But I see so many problems with this password-protected home devices that I have the feeling no one is using it. On boxes where I usually don't enter the password immediatly I've to restart in every second case because of sudden lockups in the startup process after inserting the password. Very weird.

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