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Old 07-15-2003, 11:56 PM   #1
oneiric
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Unhappy for the love of all that is holy pls help


ok i posted a bout a month ago about how i had locked myself out of my redhat 9.1. Well there is stunning new developments . .. i'm still locked out. I am an extreme GNU/Linux noob. EXTREME and i need help. I have A LOT of important things in redhat (i have dual boot and i've been using windows and i am frustrated to no end) this is what happened:
i was changing my login password and when i changed it and i noticed it said next to "password expires in _ days." it had a 0 in it, so I ASSUMED that it just would never expire . .. .WRONG. Then next time i shut down ad rebooted it said my account had expired. So I had my friend who installed it try and help me via gaim (he is in san fran now) doesn't work. Before he left he said he changed the root password so that he could get in. he gave me the password and now when i get to the start up screen and try to get in via terminal it says login invaild. so now i can't get in as root. i'm thinking i'm basically screwed here and am so close to going office space on my computer. so pls if you can help pls pls pls.

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Old 07-16-2003, 12:02 AM   #2
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there was a post a couple of days ago about someone losing there root password and there were replies on how to get around it, so i am sure if you do a search on this site you will find the thread...
 
Old 07-16-2003, 12:03 AM   #3
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thats just it, it may not even be the password it may be the user name too

*edit was it newbie??
 
Old 07-16-2003, 12:06 AM   #4
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here i'll save ya the trouble
http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...611#post377611
 
Old 07-16-2003, 12:06 AM   #5
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if its root it can't be the username cause the root accounts username is root
and if you can log in as root, its just as easy to remove the users account that you can't log in with and re-create a new one
 
Old 07-16-2003, 12:11 AM   #6
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ok here is a stupid question so when is says login i type
su or
root
not my name that i would normally use at the login screen
(ty so much for booting the thread but i don't have a backup disc. the person that installed it is in san fran and not coming back and he has it with him.) cause when i get to the login in screen i press ctrl+alt+F1 and it goes to terminal . .. i hate being this stupid
 
Old 07-16-2003, 12:12 AM   #7
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when it says --> login:
you type:
root
then it will say --> password:
you type:
yourRootpassword
 
Old 07-16-2003, 12:26 AM   #8
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OMG ok i know that had to be one of the dumbest things someone can do . .. lol
TY TY TY DrOzz if i could kiss you i would!!!!!!! TY TY TY TY TY TY
ok HUGE note to self, get cracking on reading about linux so this never happens again

(turns out that i enabled password expiration)
omg i have everything back
*hugs the world
 
Old 07-16-2003, 12:33 AM   #9
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hehe gj d00d !
 
  


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