cannot su?

Skylar Thompson skylar at
Sun Jan 16 11:00:56 PST 2005

On Sun, Jan 16, 2005 at 01:07:07AM +0100, Ivan Voras wrote:
> What could be the reasons for "su root" to not work?
> I have a user that's in wheel group. Logging in as root works on the 
> console, but su-ing from the user just writes 'Sorry', like the 
> password's wrong. There are no clues in log files.
> /etc/pam.d/su is identical to another machine where everything works ok.

Are you using NIS? I've had issues where the machine tries to look up the
root password using NIS because of improperly placed + and - commands in

-- Skylar Thompson (skylar at
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