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If you are a logged in as any systenm user (including root) and you need to change your own password, just run "passwd" at the command prompt. You'll be asked for the current password and then you'll have to enter the new one twice. If you want to change other users paswords, you have to switch to the root use and run a commnad similar to the one below,
# passwd USERNAME
and you'll have to type in the new password. Hope this helps.
1) if you are logged in as root and need to change the root password, just type in passwd and it'll change the root password.
2) if you are logged in as yourself, type "passwd" to change your password.
3) if you are logged in as yourself and need to change another users password, switch to root, then type passwd USERNAME (where username is the userid of the person whose password you want to change.)
I am not working as 'root'. I am logged in as myself (I have my own user ID to login). So, I go into the terminal and do an 'su' and then type passwd (to change the 'root' password and type passwd myusername (to change my username password)?