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Re: Yet closer

Subject: Re: Yet closer
From: Ralf Baechle <>
Date: Sat, 1 May 1999 23:52:25 +0200
In-reply-to: <>; from on Sat, May 01, 1999 at 12:39:44PM -0700
References: <>
On Sat, May 01, 1999 at 12:39:44PM -0700, wrote:

> I have SGI-Linux up on my headless Indy R5000, but I stupidly forgot to
> "change setup-1.9.1-2.noarch.rpm to add some securetty's so that you can
> log in over the network as root.", so I can't get in.  I tried all the
> recent kernels to see if one had a serial console, but no luck.
> Is there a kernel around that has a serial console enabled so I can fix my
> situation or do I have to re-install?
> Any suggestions as to other ways to get in and add securetty's?
> In any event, what do I need to do to "change setup-1.9.1-2.noarch.rpm to
> add some securetty's"?

When booting the kernel pass the additional argument init=/bin/sh.  You'll
end up in a single user shell, can remount your root fs r/w and fix things.

The whole securetty thing has become a senseless annoyance since the
introduction of pseudo terminals and more fine grained mechanisms for
controlling access from networks.


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