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I'm an idiot and didn't read the usermod documentation correctly. I changed the password but entered it in clear text, but I'm guessing I should have used passwd to enter it in an encrypted state right? WAA WAA!
I know what password I entered, but is this of any use or do I have to reset the password as per other threads on this site (Can't submit URL as it is my first post).
I might just reinstall linux if so, as it is almost a fresh install anyway.
That's a setting in sudo. You can set it to not ask for a passwd (not recommended).
As far as root goes, I ALWAYS change the passwd manually using the passwd cmd. Its only one acct and it has to work.(!)