View Full Version : One issue with the pc-bsd login.
06-16-2010, 11:28 PM
I've found that if I don't select the autologin option on the installer program there is no way to log into the system after a fresh install. I've got all my info correct and can't login at all. Not with any user id. So after the reinstall I've come to the conclusion that the only way to get onto the system is to use the autologin option.
I get a message saying ' "" has been selected but no user exists.' at the top of my screen. It tells me there is some sort of problem with the powerdevel configuration. I am not aware of any powerdevel configuration anywhere in the system.
This has been consistent from 8-0 PC-BSD and is now present in the 8.1 PC-BSD Beta version as well. Since this is a single user system, no harm is done. But I'd like to provide userid's and passwords for friends that come by and check out the system.
Is there anyone else out there having similar problems? Or is it just picking on me?
06-17-2010, 05:46 PM
Just tested here and it seemed to work just fine. Are you sure it wasn't
an issue with the password? Maybe the keyboard layouts aren't being used
properly? If you type your password into the username field, does it
As for powerdevil, that is a known issue at the moment :P
06-18-2010, 01:28 AM
I'm sure it wasn't a password issue. I've been using the same password since college so my fingers are pretty well aware of what it is. It could have something to do with the keyboard layout though. I'll look into that.
06-19-2010, 12:40 AM
I haven't run into any problems with login, but I do have the same powerdevil issue.
This may sound stupid, but I've seen it bite Linux users migrating the BSD on the behind. You aren't trying to login to the root account, are you? If I recall correctly, PC-BSD doesn't allow root to login directly.
06-19-2010, 01:46 AM
No, I am not trying to login as root. I'm not quite sure where the problem is. What I do know is that I can't login at all unless I select the autologin option on the installation screen. And since I am currently the only user on this system, it's not a big deal. Just thought I'd like to provide userid's and passwords to friends that stop by to try the system. I did change the keyboard layout from generic104 to generic 102, I believe, though I haven't noticed any changes in the system anywhere.
Under freebsd I can login directly as root so long as I modify the /etc/ttys file and comment out ttyv8. Thats the one that autostarts kdm or pdm in the case of pc-bsd.
Bear in mind that does leave me at the command prompt, which is fine by me. From there I can start kde or gnome or whatever I see fit.
06-21-2010, 03:36 PM
The powerdevil "warning" seems to be gone in 8.1-RC1 now from the newer
As for login as well, we do disable root login to the GUI desktop by
default. (For security reasons of course)
However, you can change this by modifying kdmrc:
Next time KDM loads you'll be able to login as root, but be warned it
negates much of the security present in the system.
08-16-2010, 09:46 PM
I have the same username and password issue. I just installed 8.1, chose the auto login option and when the login screen came up it said user was not recognized. Tried typing it in and wouldn't let me log in. Re-installed the system, this time did not choose the auto login and when prompted I typed in the user name and password and the same problem. Would not let me log in. I can only get to the log in screen and that's it.
08-19-2010, 08:18 AM
I installed the OS once again, this time reviewing every screen carefully. The keyboard I had chosen the first time was the wrong one. Now I can log in.
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