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Old 03-25-2009, 06:31 AM   #1
numtre
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Angry Users and Groups, Root Access, Ubuntu


I've already posted this in the ubuntu section with no luck... i really would like a fix to this because i want to use remastersys to redistribute my ubuntu to friends, but i cannot do it with this bug.

also, how do i get to login from root? what i thought was the root password ain't working!

basically here's the story: after i tried to add a new user, I cannot open the Users and Groups panel anymore, I get a message saying I am not allowed to accedd the configuration.

I also tried accessing it from the terminal using users-admin and the error i get is

Code:
invalid string constant "#E4E4E4", expected valid string constant

(users-admin:7611): Gtk-WARNING **: GtkSpinButton: setting an adjustment with non-zero page size is deprecated
Any clue?invalid string constant "#E4E4E4", expected valid string constant

(users-admin:7611): Gtk-WARNING **: GtkSpinButton: setting an adjustment with non-zero page size is deprecated

Also it is interestimng to note that afgter adding that user i couldnt sudo anymore with my old one. I had to visudo and add myself to sudoers list.
Could this be because i called the other user simply admin?

Any clue is most welcome.
 
Old 03-26-2009, 03:19 PM   #2
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I don't use Ubuntu (Slackware 12.2) but here's what I'd try:

1. To reset the root password...

1. Put your install CD in the drive and reboot the machine (booting from the install CD, of course). Login as root.
2. Create a directory, something like /mnt/temp.
3. Mount your root partition to the directory you've created:
mount -t ext3 /dev/hda1 /mnt/temp
Be sure to substitute your filesystem and root partition.
4. Once it's mounted:
chroot /mnt/temp
5. Enter 'passwd' or 'passwd root' and you'll be prompted to reset the root password.
6. Remove the install CD, reboot and login.

2. Next, you might want to remove the last user you added, just to be safe:

userdel <user>

If that doesn't work, edit the /etc/passwd and /etc/shadow files and remove the line for that user.

3. Referring to 'invalid string constant "#E4E4E4", expected valid string constant
', #E4E4E4 is RGB hex for a light gray color, if that lights any bulbs.

4. Naming the new user something other than 'admin' might not be a bad idea.
 
Old 03-27-2009, 03:56 AM   #3
numtre
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Originally Posted by Earl Parker II View Post
I don't use Ubuntu (Slackware 12.2) but here's what I'd try:

1. To reset the root password...

1. Put your install CD in the drive and reboot the machine (booting from the install CD, of course). Login as root.
2. Create a directory, something like /mnt/temp.
3. Mount your root partition to the directory you've created:
mount -t ext3 /dev/hda1 /mnt/temp
Be sure to substitute your filesystem and root partition.
4. Once it's mounted:
chroot /mnt/temp
5. Enter 'passwd' or 'passwd root' and you'll be prompted to reset the root password.
6. Remove the install CD, reboot and login.

2. Next, you might want to remove the last user you added, just to be safe:

userdel <user>

If that doesn't work, edit the /etc/passwd and /etc/shadow files and remove the line for that user.

3. Referring to 'invalid string constant "#E4E4E4", expected valid string constant
', #E4E4E4 is RGB hex for a light gray color, if that lights any bulbs.

4. Naming the new user something other than 'admin' might not be a bad idea.
tHankS for the tips! Right now my issue is fixed, i fixed it last night, by logging in as root, deleting the admin user i created, and editing the visudo file... it seems ok so far but i still might have some users issues... so i'll keep your tips somewhere safe! thx a bunch!
 
  


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