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bug#35399: Guix System installer does not set up passwords

From: swedebugia
Subject: bug#35399: Guix System installer does not set up passwords
Date: Thu, 25 Apr 2019 09:44:42 +0200

On 2019-04-25 00:51, Ludovic Courtès wrote:
Ludovic Courtès <address@hidden> skribis:

Another option would be to have an activation snippet that runs when
booting the newly installed system: if would check for a flag or
something (it could check for uninitialized passwords), and if it
determines it’s a first boot, open a dialog box asking for passwords.
We’d need to add a “post-install” service in the OS config that would do
just that.

That would be the most robust approach, but it’s also a bit more work I
guess.  It’s also not so nice that users will see this extra service in
their config.


To which Florian replied:

Why can’t the installer just chroot into the new system and call

That makes a lot of sense, I feel silly for not thinking about it.  :-)

(In fact, we don’t even have to chroot since we can directly use (gnu
build accounts) to write the shadow file in the right place.)

This is implemented by these commits:

   91a7c4998f installer: Ask for the root account password.
   898677ed17 installer: Ask for user password and initialize /etc/shadow.

I ran a full install and confirmed that it works as expected.  You’re of
course welcome to try it out!

I realized later that I forgot to add a password confirmation box.  I
guess we should add one, right?

Yes, that sounds like a good idea.


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