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su: Bad item passed to pam_*_item() fixed

I had a problem when trying to su. Everytime I tried to su it gave the following error:

su: Bad item passed to pam_*_item()

Since I didn't find my solution on the internet (the only solution I could find was removing wrong entries from /etc/environment), I'll post mine here:

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You should check that file, it should only contain something like


If that doesn't fix your problem, you might want to check your /etc/pam.d/su for strange entries.

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