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Old 07-14-2004, 12:02 PM   #1
nomowindoze
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Superuser password problem - KDE 3.1 on FreeBSD


Hello,

I am hoping someone will be able to help with a real big problem. Several weeks ago our system admin walked off the job. We are a little 501c nonprofit and can't afford to hire in a technician to resolve this. He had installed our network monitoring software (Nagios) on a FreeBSD server with the KDE 3.1 desktop. I was placed in his position without any training because I was the lead client support technician, and being only a windoze user at the time. I rushed out and bought KDE on disk so I could get it installed on my home computer and start learning it. Long story short, he set up the system and refused to give us the Superuser password, so I can't get in there to upgrade Nagios or our call tracking program that's running.

Obviously, hacking into a server isn't going to be a widely discussed topic, right? But does anyone know how I can get around the Superuser issue? He set me and my boss up as users apparently months ago because when I boot to that server, I see her and my names on the KDE login panel, and then his as Superuser.. Even though I can log into my account, and she can log into hers, we can't do anything system related.

The guy joined the Air Force in early June so even if he was speaking to us, we couldn't get to him. ANY help would be so greatly appreciated!

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Old 07-14-2004, 12:06 PM   #2
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reboot the server adn put it in single-user mode
when u get to a command prompt, type
passwd
then change your password
 
Old 07-14-2004, 12:14 PM   #3
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nomowindose; have u attempted to use this su in command line. it maybe could put u in superuser mode temporarily til u can change self to system admin superuser.
 
Old 07-14-2004, 12:22 PM   #4
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Wink

Scuzzman, THANK YOU!!! That seems real simple - maybe that's why I couldn't figure it out??? I am probably making things harder than they need to be - being new at linux and all. I really do love the flexibility I'm encountering and especially appreciate the fact that KDE demands that I think things through,unlike windows,which does all my thinking for me and which I've grown to highly resent :-)

I will try the reboot procedure as soon as I get into the office.

Again, MANY MANY THANKS for responding to me!


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reboot the server adn put it in single-user mode
when u get to a command prompt, type
passwd
then change your password
 
Old 07-14-2004, 12:26 PM   #5
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THANK YOU Penguin4....A great idea!!! And one I hadn't thought of, being a new convert from Win to Linux - which I am loving every minute of, even the frustrating ones I will try this too today along with the other suggestion posted here.

You guys are just great. When I am functional enough to know what I'm doing in the linux world, I'm going to definately help out the newbies on this board - return the favor, you could say.


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nomowindose; have u attempted to use this su in command line. it maybe could put u in superuser mode temporarily til u can change self to system admin superuser.
 
Old 07-14-2004, 04:26 PM   #6
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nomowindose; thats great! guess what? am a newbie too. but willing to
help one way or another when i see a need for another newbie whom may
be drowning. am no lifeguard but will jump in just to make sure they don,t lose it. do anything to keep them with linux(any kind).

Last edited by penguin4; 07-14-2004 at 04:29 PM.
 
Old 07-14-2004, 09:46 PM   #7
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Talking Re: post #5

Hi Penguin4 - You're new too? - Right On!!! You did a great thing with helping me - and so much appreciated! I am glad to see that you are also a true convert to the "path of light"...lol! I am really learning alot of stuff, and fast. I'm also spending alot of time reading rather dry/dull unix manuals to get a good grip on what working on the command line is all about.

I am REALLY liking the flexibility of linux - especially the ability to decide for myself when, where and why. Having run windows for years, it has come to the point where I just totally resent Microsoft's intrusion into my OS. I think alot of people will be coming around to the same conclusion, too, and end up one way or the other on Linux boxes as Microsoft continues to make itself more and more of an intrusive force. Even though my exodus to KDE was "forced" by the previous network guy leaving, it has really opened up my eyes to the possibilities of truly having control of your OS.


Again, my many Thanks!
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nomowindose; thats great! guess what? am a newbie too. but willing to
help one way or another when i see a need for another newbie whom may
be drowning. am no lifeguard but will jump in just to make sure they don,t lose it. do anything to keep them with linux(any kind).
 
Old 07-15-2004, 07:29 PM   #8
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nomowindose; the great thing about LINUX ,! no crashes ,no stumbles, no hiccups , afew(very) few errors if config correctly. we init together LINUX
(any distro) forever!
 
Old 07-20-2004, 11:48 AM   #9
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Oh yeah, I am with you all the way... I have pushed on this system hard, and it hasn't cracked. Occasionally a program will crash, but it's not one of the ones included with the original distribution. It's one that I downloaded and compiled. I am definately here to stay w/ Linux - KDE is an awesome desktop but so's the others...like you say, ANYTHING to keep from straying back over to the dark side... :-)
 
Old 07-20-2004, 12:25 PM   #10
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nomowindose;

u r too good . cracked me good had me LOL! OH OH GOOD!
 
  


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