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Old 08-18-2005, 01:20 AM   #1
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dns-secondary login?????


Well here it is. I bought a netserver E45 at the dump for 5 bucks and it has debian linux on it and it boots all the way to this prompt:

dns-secondary login:

I"ll have it be known that this is the first I have ever seen of linux, etc. and
I'm at a compleate loss! BUT I'm an old DOS prompter so hit me! I'll figure it out

I'm sure there are many needed details to answer my problem that I am totally
unaware of . . . hence the "newbie" forum. If another forum is more appropriate, please note.

Old 08-18-2005, 01:22 AM   #2
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Ah yes!

My question is: is there a default login?

Thanks Again
Old 08-18-2005, 09:37 AM   #3
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There is no default login. There is a fairly safe bet that there is a login named root, but there is no default password. Root is the system administration account, but the password is set during install and can be changed any number of times, and we have no way to get at it.

You should check the forums here for "forgot root password". You may be able to use a live CD like knoppix to set the machine to boot into single user mode, and from there bypass the password, and then set one of your own.

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Based on the host name, (dns-secondary), I imagine that this machine was used as a server and quite probably does not have a GUI installed. You may wish to simply reinstall the system (you can download Debian and other distros for SPARC), If you want to get into the current system, Google and search this site for instructions on how to boot into something called "single user mode" and reset the root password.

BTW, calling the Linux command prompt a DOS prompt isn't very nice . All the Linux shells (command line interfaces) are much more capable than anything ever designed for MS-DOS.


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