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Date:      Wed, 24 Apr 2013 14:45:11 +0200
From:      Bernt Hansson <>
To:        Arthur Chance <>
Cc:        questions FreeBSD <>
Subject:   Re: Diskless question
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2013-04-24 13:21, Arthur Chance skrev:
> 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.

I am a member of the wheel group.

> 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.
I have tried and my own password is easily changed via the server.

if i try, on the diskless,

Login: root
Password: password or none

Login incorrect

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