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My problem is I seem to lose my root password and can only login as root by a re-boot.
I own the complete RH 7.1 and could easily re-install. For many reasons I do not want to do this! I have upgraded the kernal to 7.3 and added programs and such. Plus re-booting IMHO (and re-installing) is not a grand solution.
I think that this is a problem deeper in the user admin area of the o/s in that some profiles or something 'sees' different passwords?
and rebooting is this newbie's only way to get them 'cleared' back to the newest one.
This is a stand-alone dualboot machine I am using to teach myself Linux. It is basically a workstation with internet, no security issues, just a "classroom".
One day I was logged in as a user (eddacker) and needed to su and my password failed. I can't login as root, but all my users and their passwords are still good.
I seemed to have lost my 'root' password???
So I use my boot disk, login as root and go to passwd/shadow; wipe out the hash and reboot. I enter a new root password and because I am pendantic it is a secure one.
And it works fine, until (sometimes) when I am logged on as my default (or other) user and need to switch to root and then the password doesn't work?? sometimes. If I reboot it always works. I can login as root and switch to a user and back to su and a user and then -- it fails -- login incorrect, as if I have entered a bad password. argghhhh
What I am asking is complicated so I have no idea how to ask it other than "what is going on?" Why does my root passwd work on re-boot, but fails when switching users?
no I did not. And I am such a newbie I did not know I could [cntrl] X and boot: single
so I have learned. I will try the delete everything in /etc/passwd and /etc/shadow and see how that goes )
but this is a great journey, thank you for your reply.
this is a stand-alone machine, I am root and all the users.
or is there some other danger in deleting everything in passwd and shadow?
and is that why I am getting such inconsistant results, with my root password working on reboot and then not?
Using Mandrake 9.1 and trying to change the root password (because I cannot remember it) I have used the CD1 and at the root@rescue prompt I find that there is not a passwd command. Please help a Newbie!
I also forgotten my password, but could not understand how do you set a new one(I don't know any linux commands so bear with me please). Will it be better if I just reinstall linux? I would rather not. Please help and remember I know nothing about linux (Iam a windows user)