Can't log in as toor since package update

Paul Keusemann pkeusem at
Fri Sep 9 15:27:24 UTC 2011

On 09/09/11 07:52, Paul Keusemann wrote:
> I use the toor login on my FreeBSD systems to log in with the korn 
> shell.  Since August 22, When I try to log in as toor or even when I 
> try to "su - toor", I get logged in as root.  For example:
> ushers# ssh -l toor woodstock
> Password:
> Last login: Fri Sep  9 06:30:23 2011 from
> Copyright (c) 1980, 1983, 1986, 1988, 1990, 1991, 1993, 1994
>         The Regents of the University of California.  All rights 
> reserved.
> FreeBSD 8.2-RELEASE-p1 (WOODSTOCK) #1: Mon Jul 11 09:05:07 CDT 2011
> woodstock# who am i
> root             0        Sep  9 07:46
> woodstock# su - toor
> woodstock# who am i
> root             0        Sep  9 07:47
> Unfortunately, I haven't tried to log in since a package update I did 
> around August 22, so I didn't notice this problem until now.  Does 
> anybody have any idea what might be causing this?

OK, a couple of clarifications:

- First, this is a shell problem, not a user id problem.
- Second, su does give me the correct shell.  In my earlier frustrated 
state, I did not check to make sure I was getting a csh shell from su.

I have narrowed this down a little further and found a workaround.  
Normally, the way I start an admin shell on my FreeBSD machine via a 
menu item that runs a command something like this:

ssh -l toor woodstock /usr/local/bin/xterm +ut -ls

Up until August 22 or September 6, this would give me an xterm running a 
korn shell but now is giving me csh shell.  The xterm package was 
updated September 6 but I don't see anything obvious in the change log.  
A quick look at the xterm man page shows me the login shell can be 
specified on the command line, so it looks like that is what I will have 
to do.

I am still curious about what has changed in the last couple of weeks 

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