Eric on 19 Aug 2005 01:57:39 -0000

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[PLUG] Terminal/shell login with no password

I need some SysAdmin advice... 

I have a Red Hat box that I'm installing some software on and the users expect 
to connect with no password.  I'm okay with that since it's not on the 
network and they are all hard-wired terminals.  First I tried zeroing out the 
password in the neat little gooey (GUI) tool but it won't let me save the 
user that way.  Failing that, I tried to replace the "x" in the password file 
with nothing.  No joy - the login fails without even asking for the password.  

Does this mean that I have to tinker with PAM?   Last time I tried that I 
froze myself out of the damn box so bad I had to boot into single user mode 
and un-do my mistake(s).  Since then I've just left it alone :-)

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