Nasty reference loop in login.conf

Reko Turja reko.turja at
Tue Jul 17 16:46:07 UTC 2012

-----Original Message----- 
From: Jakub Lach

> Moreover I'm afraid to power down machine, as
> currently I'm logged as wheel group user, and I'm not
> sure if change from :passwd_format=md5:\
> to :passwd_format=sha512:\ didn't complicate it further...

> Currently all my solutions would require to power down
> machine, which I'm afraid to do frankly.

> 1. Hope I can still log in single user mode and correct
> /etc/login.conf? I'm afraid of md5 -> sha512 change.

> 2. Use some LiveCD and correct login.conf, then run
> /usr/bin/cap_mkdb .

Killing init - means that you drop to singleuser mode
kill -TERM 1

End result may depend on whether or not your singleuser mode is password 


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