Root password: do certain characters "break" Linux?
Hello. Please laugh, but do read.
In the first 3 weeks following my update to FC3, I have TWO TIMES had my root password be refused, and have, after some hair pulling (my own), had to do a full reinstall. It was a different password each time.
I have been using networked computers for about 12 years, and have not ever, not once forgotten a password.
Of course, at the time the root password is selected, it has to be re-entered for confirmation.
After the first full reinstall, I was suspicious, so I immediately rebooted the machine and was able to log back in using the root password. What I did not do was shut down, then start up, then log in.
Today, after the machine has been cold and dark for 3 days, I started it up, and . . . it refused my root password. It would be quite a coincidence for me to make the same mistake TWICE, especially when being cautious the second time.
In particular, I am suspicious that one or more characters I chose is "forbidden." I learned about this by "breaking" Mac OS X's utility called Open Firmware Password. I chose a password that started with ~, and kerboom!
I think that Linux will use the root password I chose after a reboot, but not after a power cycle. If this is true, someone probably knows why it would be so.
Here's the password `1@Am*9) That first character is the character to the left of the 1 on the top row of a standard qwerty keyboard, ASCII value 096 in decimal.
Is there documentation, virtual or actual, about permitted ASCII characters in the root password of FC3, or bark I up the wrong tree?