Root Password - Forgotten, please help!!!

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  1. Jason G

    Jason G

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    Hi All,

    Sorry, probably a very simple, yet potentially massive problem. I've tried installing software and it's asking for the Root password. I'm sure I'm putting it in correctly, but it just returns the same window as if it's wrong. I've searched this forum and following a post I subsequently tried this on Terminal:

    Code:
    sudo passwd user
    ...which worked. It was accepted, so I tried again - and still the Add/Remove Software window asked for the password again. After three attempts it asked if I wanted to change the password. I did, again, and STILL it just asked me to try again!

    I'm lost - if I accidentally use the Enable Password thing after the screensaver comes on, that's it; I wouldn't be able to use it again :eek: :( :(

    I don't want to restart the entire laptop, I just need to change the Root password. Please help!!

    It's the Linux Linpus Lite, 8GB model.

    Take care,

    Jason :cool:
     
    Jason G, Jan 19, 2009
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    ndirons

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    ndirons, Jan 19, 2009
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    Grim Squeaker

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    Also try:
    Code:
    sudo passwd
    I suggest making them identical.
     
    Grim Squeaker, Jan 20, 2009
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    Note that if you change the root password from its default ("linpus"), you'll break the automagic nm-applet/gnome keyring setup.

    Probably best just to
    Code:
    sudo passwd
    and change it back to the default.

    Or edit the file, which I don't remember at the moment -- something in xdg/autostart or the like, and (of all places) in the compiz autostart script. Security through obscurity?
     
    mattytee, Jan 22, 2009
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    Jason G

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    Security through obscurity. I like it!

    It's all fixed, so thanks all :)
     
    Jason G, Jan 27, 2009
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