Can't Login at the Console on FreeBSD 6.0 Release

Ted Mittelstaedt tedm at
Fri Feb 9 06:44:51 UTC 2007

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Lowell Gilbert" <freebsd-questions-local at>
To: "JP" <planoprez at>
Cc: <freebsd-questions at>
Sent: Thursday, February 08, 2007 6:54 AM
Subject: Re: Can't Login at the Console on FreeBSD 6.0 Release

> JP <planoprez at> writes:
> > So I'm not quite sure what happened here, someone with root access,
> > who probably shouldn't have had it managed to make a mess of things.
> > He claims he was trying to install source files and on reboot he
> > could no longer login to the system.  I am able to boot into single
> > user mode, I see that login is core-dumping on signal 11 and as such
> > I can't login to the box.  Ftp, SSH, and other services are not
> > responsive and don't even attempt to allow me to login remotely.
> >   
> > I'd like to be able to login at the console, and be able to FTP into
> > the box so I can pull everything down and do a fresh install.  Any
> > suggesitons on how to do this?  I already did a passwd root and
> > created a new password thinking it would fix things, but it didn't.
> > At the console, it just asks for Login, and then password and then
> > keeps looping if though I am putting in the right information.
> If it were my machine to fix, I would start with a binary "upgrade"
> off of CD.

Same here - and make sure to delete and recreate the partitions for
good measure.


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