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After installing samba4 on Ubuntu 12.10 i got an error. After restart i was not able to login.
Thus, booted in recovery mode, root shell and tried to change passwd <username>
But the command does nothing, doesn't ask for new password for the user. Simply returns.
Now, right after the command i did 'echo $?'
I see exit code '1'. Permissions denied.
But I am root!
Recovery mode assumes your system may really be broken, so it mounts the root file system in read-only mode to avoid making matters any worse. Try your password reset again after remounting the root file system in read-write mode with
Yes, i know about ro in recovery mode.
I remounted as rw of course before doing anything.
I suppose that installing samba4 broke something.
After remount i can edit the /etc/passwd and /etc/shadow files with vim.
I even tried to strace passwd <username>, its attached.
But i can't figure out from it where it faces with permissions problem.