su is not working after mlocate install

hey all,

my su command is hosed. it’s been working without error since install (3 days ago) and now has stopped working directly after the install of mlocate v0.21.1. I got the source (not rpm) from

I followed the Read Me directions. It compiled with a minor error. it was last night, sorry I don’t remember. it was nothing alarming though.

Installed, and ran updatedb. This errored as well but I kind of expected something to flake.

Anyway, I then closed out all terminal screens, browsed for a bit, came back later, and attempted to su for more admin stuff. Here’s what happens now:

su (actually displays as) # Password:

it doesn’t show the letters su after you enter them at the prompt

then, enter the password, example of display and error:

Password: assword

Error: p is not a recognized command.

I would like to issue my first ever: WTF?!?!?

Any help would be appreciated. I’ve only had the install for a few days so I can start over and be done in an hour or so. Either way - no sweat.

Thanks all-