New FreeBSD-10.0-RC5 install fails when setting administrator password

Jim Ohlstein jim at
Thu Jan 16 17:35:58 UTC 2014


On Wed, Jan 15, 2014 at 7:08 PM, Dale Scott <dale at> wrote:
>    Hi, I get "passwd: pam_chauthtok(): error in service module" in the
>    installer after re-typing the administrator password (after which I'm
>    prompted to Restart or Exit the installer).
>    I've used both FreeBSD-10.0-RC5-i386-bootonly.iso and
>    FreeBSD-10.0-RC5-i386-dvd1.iso, and I'm installing in a virtual machine
>    using VirtualBox v4.3.6 r91406 on a Win7 T61 ThinkPad. Install
>    procedure is plain vanilla (next, next, next, ....).
>    Any suggestions?

I just installed (perhaps two days ago) the same guest OS on the same 
version of VirtualBox without a hitch but with two, or maybe three, 

First, my host is a MacBook running OS X v10.9.1. I doubt that makes a 
difference since this seems to be a FreeBSD issue, not a host issue.

Second, I used FreeBSD-10.0-RC5-i386-disc1.iso. That may be the 
difference and I'd consider giving it a try.

Third, another point worth mentioning is, since this is my personal, 
password protected, laptop (not that it's all that hard to break into a 
Mac), I used an empty password for root on the guest OS. I certainly 
wouldn't do that for a production server, or for a host OS, but for a 
guest OS it's not a security issue for me. I only use the OS for testing.

My other settings:

2 CPU cores

20GB dynamic ".vdi" hard drive

2GB RAM with 1GB of swap on UFS

Jim Ohlstein

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