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Date:      Wed, 24 Apr 2013 12:21:41 +0100
From:      Arthur Chance <>
To:        Bernt Hansson <>
Cc:        questions FreeBSD <>
Subject:   Re: Diskless question
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On 04/24/13 11:55, Bernt Hansson wrote:
> 2013-04-24 12:30, Arthur Chance skrev:
>> On 04/24/13 09:18, Bernt Hansson wrote:
>>> Hello list!
>>> I have set up a diskless machine with 8.3-stable and i as a user can log
>>> in, but when I try to log in as root it won't work. How to resolv that
>>> issue. I have tried with and without password but the computer said no.
>> How did it say no? What does the entry for root in /etc/passwd say?
> $su
> Sorry
> root:*:0:0:Charlie &:/root:/bin/csh

That's not logging in directly as root, that's using su as a normal 
user. Only members of wheel group can use su. Try logging in directly on 
the console as root. That should work unless you've marked the console 
as insecure or have an "impossible" password in /etc/master.passwd.

In the long run you need to add your normal user to wheel group so you 
can use su. Can you edit the diskless machine's /etc/group from the 
server that's supplying its disk(s)? In the days when I ran diskless 
systems I usually found it easier to work on the diskless systems' 
config files via the server.

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