SUMMARY ... Bizarre response to login attempt ...

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Date: Mon Dec 07 2009 - 20:44:12 EST
Hi, all.

Thanks to the people who have responded so promptly so far (John S, Musa
W, and Adam L).

The system was physically remote, so I used a terminal concentrator to
get to the console - luckily, I was logged in there as root so I still
had access - whew!

Turned out the problem was a disk I/O error, so the OS had dismounted
/var for some reason ... so no access to /var/adm at all!

A shutdown, followed by an ALOM power-cycle and a reboot has cleared the
issue ... /var is now available. I will watch the system to make sure
that the disk I/O problem does not recur!

Of course, one issue still remains open: if I had not been logged into
the console, I think I would not have been able to do a graceful
shutdown - unless there is some way to log in on the console without the
presence of these files(?). That would have meant a remote power-cycle
using the ALOM console without doing a graceful shutdown!

Thanks again,


From: Syed Zaeem Hosain (
Sent: Monday, December 07, 2009 5:10 PM
To: ''
Subject: Bizarre response to login attempt ...

Hi, all.

I have a remote system that is responding to telnet login requests with
the following error:

# telnet XXXXXX

Trying X.X.X.X...

Connected to XXXXXX.

Escape character is '^]'.

login: root


No utmpx entry. You must exec "login" from the lowest level "shell".

Connection to XXXXXX closed by foreign host.


And to rlogin and rsh attempts as follows:

# rlogin XXXXXX

No utmpx entry. You must exec "login" from the lowest level "shell".

Connection to XXXXXX closed.

Given these responses, how can I get into the system to figure out what
is going on? The system has been working quite normally till now ... L

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