pam_start(): system error

Patrick Lamaiziere patfbsd at
Mon May 28 19:13:23 UTC 2012

Le Fri, 25 May 2012 22:36:01 -0400,
Tim Dunphy <bluethundr at> a écrit :


>  My freebsd 8.2 box has a new, interesting error. When I go to change
> any user password I see the message passwd: pam_start(): system error
> as in :
> [root at LBSD2:/etc/pam.d] #passwd
> Changing local password for root
> passwd: pam_start(): system error
> passwd is able to see it's libraries:

you can try to reinstall the world and merge the pam configuration
(/etc/pam.d). You can check the pam modules (.so) also
(in /usr/lib/pam_*.so)

Good luck, regards.

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