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# 15  
Old 11-06-2001
Can you log in as ANY other user (not root)? You mentioned that the user account(s) will drop you into a program. Does it allow shell escapes (for example, if it logs you into /bin/mail, you can get a shell by typing "!sh")? If you can get a shell, continue on by typing:
su
Do <b>not</b> type su -. There is a chance that it will not read your config, simply switch your effective ID to 0...

This should work in the case that the .profile or .login is the problem (for example, putting 'exit' at the bottom...).

If you did change the shell in /etc/passwd to be something like /bin/true, then yes, you will need a way to edit that file...

Keep posting back - I'll be up all night, and I'll do anything I can to help!
# 16  
Old 11-06-2001
It works!

I called a technican who installed the system. I really was amazed by his ability of not knowing what to do. (Even my thoughts were better! Smilie ) Anyway, he finally had the best idea. We tried to log in with every systemuser. The desktop user had no password an so we had a loginshell. We issued su and gained the root status. With this account we change all that what I made previously. And now, it works again! We also made rescue disk for that system. Who knows when I will be that stupid again!

Thanks to all your help

Greetings
Marcus
 

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