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I want to alter background color since very first lines of kernel output, remember that there was an ability to change colors with echo'ing some special character, but waiting for /etc/init.d/* is too long for me; however, if it is only the method available..

Also, want to de-secure the password input, using PAM:

login: user password: ** <- need to show asterisks indicating how much symbols got in.

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1. setterm seems to be not working. –  kagali-san Oct 27 '10 at 15:38
    
This should be split into two separate questions. –  Dennis Williamson Oct 27 '10 at 19:42
    
Split? Only in case it gets edited to "how to enable framebuffer and make PAM authorize me through LDAP". This is not so specific. Just, "how do i alter my login prompt style and colors".. –  kagali-san Oct 28 '10 at 12:12
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Looks complicated ...
Appart from adding stuff in /etc/issue which will just change the "text"above the login/password like here http://www.gentoo-wiki.info/TIP_Login_issue It seems that you have to code (http://www.linuxquestions.org/questions/linux-software-2/customizing-login-on-terminal-636960/)

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I have modified /etc/issue, and use Qingy instead of getty to manage my login (e.g. to start X server's session or console by hotkey after password), but still don't know how (in which order) getty calls /bin/login (seems to be in sys-apps/shadow package). However, (thank to you), found, that GETPASS_ASTERISK option was dropped from shadow, so should somehow code it.. would look/code. –  kagali-san Oct 28 '10 at 15:14
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