A student asked me how to autologin on a linux terminal. I thought... that can't be hard... I just don't know how it's done.
So, I googled, and there's a patch for mingetty that allows autologin... but it's for an older version (0.9.4) and I can't even find it.
After a while, I check the SRPM from RH9... and it has the patch in the source tarball, but doesn't apply it. No wonder, since it doesn't work.
So, I patched the patch, and here it is: a autologin patch for mingetty 1.0.1... I have so clear in my mind why I don't program in C :-) (although it was rather easy).
I even have a patched SPEC file (no biggie there), and even src.rpms that should work on any Red Hat like thing.
After you install the patched mingetty, you can put a line like this in your /etc/inittab
1:2345:respawn:/sbin/mingetty tty1 --autologin=ralsina
And a session for user ralsina will open in tty1. You can't even quite logout, since it logs you back in.