What does "Audit record was not committed" during login imply?

Peter Steele psteele at maxiscale.com
Thu Nov 19 16:51:17 UTC 2009

I've installed a BSD 7.0 system and I am getting the error "login: Audit record was not committed" when I try to login. What would cause this? I am using a custom process to do the BSD install onto USB boot disks, but we've been using it for months and I've never seen this error when we've booted a system using one of the boot sticks. I did a web search and the only hits I got were source code references to this error; it's printed by login.c, which makes sense. If I enter an invalid password I get the message "login: Audit Error: au_close() was not committed", so it's clearly processing my input but something else is causing the processing of the data to fail.

Another error is printed on the console just before the login prompt: "pid 94: (fsck_ufs), uid 0: exited on signal 8", along with a duplicate of this error but with pid 95. I don't know if this has anything to do with the subsequent login error, but I bet it does. I looked up signal 8 and it appears to be related to a floating point exception, which doesn't really make sense. It implies though that perhaps the file system isn't clean, but I've checked on another system and the USB file system is clean.

So I'm stumped. Does anyone know what's going on here?

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