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Old 04-10-2009, 12:11 AM   #1
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Default password?

Is there a default password for linux if you don't specify one? I'm messing around with my virutal machines and added a user to /etc/passwd but I can't rsh or ssh because I don't have a password.
Old 04-10-2009, 12:30 AM   #2
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nope -- is there a default passwd for windows?

if you altered /etc/passwd then you obviously have root access. as root, just type

passwd usera
(assuming "usera" is the new user name you added.)

better yet, remove the entry you hacked into the passwd file and use the frontend tools for adding users. Depending on your distro, see adduser, useradd, deluser, userdel. These tools do the same thing with varying levels of user-friendliness.
Old 04-10-2009, 07:34 PM   #3
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default passwd

try using:

sudo passwd root
enter your passwd
enter the new root passwd

login root


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