Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 842556
Plymouth password login screen locks up after timeout
Last modified: 2012-09-03 08:04:38 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.
1. Show the "press Strg+D" message in the plymouth prompt
2. Fall back to console if the password is not entered
that sounds awful. Do you know if the message is coming from cryptsetup ?
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.