[Haifux] Login console freezes: Eli's weekly riddle

Eli Billauer eli at billauer.co.il
Thu Oct 28 19:59:39 MSD 2010


PAM did indeed cross my mind as a suspect. Unfortunately, I have no 
/var/log/auth* logfiles. As a matter of fact, I don't have any log 
messages related to authentication. In my very old Redhat 7.3, I had 
pam_unix messages in /var/log/messages telling me who has changed user 
ID. On Fedora 12, nothing is mentioned about becoming root in 
/var/log/messages, and I can't see any directory or file in /var/log 
that seems to contain that information. Maybe under the audit directory, 
but the files there are not really human readable.

Any idea of where my authenticate mechanism keeps its logs?

And why a kernel upgrade would have any effect?

<rant>In the past, I clearly recall just upgrading my kernel and all was 
fine. Where are those days?</rant>



Shachar Shemesh wrote:

> If both ssh and the graphical logins are slow, I would suspect PAM. 
> Try ssh public key authentication and see what happens (I think that 
> one bypasses pam). Also, see what /var/log/auth* have to say.
> Shachar

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