Teminal issues in -dev

Dan Nicholson dbn.lists at gmail.com
Wed Oct 15 15:36:11 PDT 2008

On Wed, Oct 15, 2008 at 3:10 PM, Bruce Dubbs <bruce.dubbs at gmail.com> wrote:
> After jhalfs completed, I followed the instructions to chroot and set the root
> passwd.  I used:
> /usr/sbin/chroot "$LFS" /usr/bin/env -i \
>     HOME=/root TERM=linux PS1='\u:\w\$ '     \
>     PATH=/bin:/usr/bin:/sbin:/usr/sbin       \
>     /bin/bash --login
> It's been a while and I don't remember -- The login is in / and not /root.  IS
> that normal?

Yes. `/bin/bash --login' doesn't change the directory, and when it's
run, the current directory is / (in the chroot). A session manager
like login, ssh or a display manager specifically do this for you. Try
looking at the cwd symlink in /proc/$pid for your session leader

> I can't use less or passwd.  less displays the file and immediately terminates.
>  passwd gives:
> # passwd
> Changing password for root
> Enter the new password (minimum of 5 characters)
> Please use a combination of upper and lower case letters and numbers.
> Bad password: too short.
> Warning: weak password (enter it again to use it anyway).
> Password changed.

You need devices, specifically /dev/tty for passwd (see getpass(3)).
jhalfs tears down the chroot when it's done, and the only way to get
it back is to do it manually like in the book. This has come up a
bunch of times in the past.


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