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April 23rd, 2009, 01:52 AM
Having a bit of problem with my headless Ubuntu Intrepid server.

Whenever I attempt to login via SSH I get the following error message

Connection Closed by

When I try to login via tty1 I similarly cannot login. My screen simply outputs...
Ubuntu 8.10 tty1 and then it brings me back to the login. This happen on both accounts I have active on the server (one admin, one non-admin).

This problem started while I was trying to get my printer to share using the CUPS web interface. Similarly, I can no longer access the CUPS interface along with everything else. Although I can still access my samba shares.

Any suggestions??? I am still quite new at the server side of linux and have no idea what to do next. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

April 23rd, 2009, 10:08 AM
I had the very same problem last night, and I finally managed to login after removing libpam-smbpass and samba's secrets.tdb.


reboot and enter recovery mode, drop into root shell
dpkg --purge libpam-smbpass

restart, and hopefully you can now login to your server...

delete the samba's secrets.tdb

sudo rm /var/lib/samba/secrets.tdb
(or you can simply rename it to something different)

then you can reinstall libpam-smbpass. :)

sudo apt-get install libpam-smbpass

Hope this will help... :P

April 24th, 2009, 05:30 AM
Worked like a charm, thanks

August 19th, 2009, 10:14 PM
YES thank you, this solved a problem i ran into from a mistake i made from this tutorial on making a media server