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HEy anyone. I am very new to linux and I have a question. I created a new user acct and I don't know how to set a password or to find out what the password is. Here is the command that I entered useradd -c "Mrblackball, practice account" -p practice -n blackballtest. It says to type in this command to ciew contents of password file more \etc\passwd, but I don't know what the password is still. I also need to log off the administrator acct and log in with the new user acct i created and i cant because of the password. Is there a command that I need to inter in the terminal to switch to the new user acct that I added. I hope this makes sense. Help please
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There are two similar commands: useradd and adduser. Useradd just adds an user when adduser makes some more extra work, like creating and filling home directory, setting group and asking for password. Just for future reference...
When you have an account added using useradd you can change the password with 'passwd username' when you're root.
"There are two similar commands: useradd and adduser. Useradd just adds an user when adduser makes some more extra work, like creating and filling home directory, setting group and asking for password. Just for future reference..."
Ummm.. odd problem, as I'm sure many will agree. useradd / adduser are integral to linux... it's pretty useless without users...
your installer had to have created users somehow, and the only thing I can think of is that your su command is configured to login with root provileges, but a normal user's path. Try /sbin/*prg* /usr/sbin/*prg* and /usr/local/sbin/*prg*, subbing useradd and adduser for *prg*