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Bug 2880 - kickstart installation -- rootpw --iscrypted is broken
Summary: kickstart installation -- rootpw --iscrypted is broken
Alias: None
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: installer
Version: 6.0
Hardware: All
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Matt Wilson
QA Contact:
Depends On:
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Reported: 1999-05-17 18:04 UTC by justin
Modified: 2015-06-09 16:04 UTC (History)
3 users (show)

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Doc Type: Bug Fix
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Last Closed: 1999-07-15 22:30:51 UTC

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Description justin 1999-05-17 18:04:55 UTC
rootpw --iscrypted somecryptedpasswd does not work

It's supposed to put that string, verbatim, into root's
password entry in /etc/passwd.  When booting from
a rescue disk I discovered that it places a
different string there.

This worked correctly under 5.2.

This is a show-stopper for us, and is preventing us
from installing Redhat Linux 6.0 across our installation.

Comment 1 David Lawrence 1999-05-17 23:13:59 UTC
This has been verified to be a problem.

Comment 2 Matt Wilson 1999-05-28 23:51:59 UTC
*** Bug 2460 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***

When using kickstart to install a machine, I used an already
encrypted password. When it rebooted I couldn't log in as
root. After some investigating, I found out if I presented
the password hash I had specified in the kickstart file, it
would then let me log in.

In other words, during the install, the encrypted password
was encrypted again.

------- Additional Comments From  05/01/99 02:29 -------
I checked the value of skipCrypt and found it to be 0 after the call
to poptGetContext inside of setRootPassword inside install2.c

This seems to be the problem, although why the poptGetContext is
returning skipCrypt as 0 is beyond me.


------- Additional Comments From  05/10/99 15:52 -------
I have verified this on a test lab machine.

------- Additional Comments From  05/10/99 15:54 -------

*** Bug 2627 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***

When doing a kickstart installation with RedHat 6.0
(kickstart is great!) and writing something like

rootpw --iscrypted 8d78LWoez74ef

in the kickstart file sets the root password to "8d78LWoe".
--iscrypted still worked in 5.2.  I quickly looked through
the code in install2, but there were little changes in
the password code, so I could not figure the problem out.
I have --useshadow in auth config.

------- Email Received From  Justin Sheehy <> 06/15/99 10:22 -------

Comment 3 David Lawrence 1999-06-17 22:58:59 UTC
*** Bug 3517 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***

In ref to Bug 2640. This still appears to be a problem. I
have downloaded the new bootnet.img from
and am still seeing the same problem.

------- Additional Comments From  06/17/99 13:23 -------
Sorry ref to Bug 2460

Comment 4 Bill Nottingham 1999-07-15 22:30:59 UTC
*** This bug has been marked as a duplicate of 3970 ***

Comment 5 openshift-github-bot 2015-06-09 16:04:56 UTC
Commits pushed to master at
Issue 2880 - allow debugging docker push command.
Merge pull request #2953 from soltysh/issue2880

Merged by openshift-bot

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