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Old 07-03-2010, 01:02 PM   #1
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Gentoo - (didn't add a user when i installed)


I recently installed gentoo following the handbook at However i failed to add a user before i reboot my system.

I try to login as root on gentoo but it fails.

How can I add a user so i can login?


PS. I know Gentoo is a bit harder, but i learn from trial and error.
Old 07-03-2010, 01:59 PM   #2
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When you boot, you have to interrupt the boot process by pressing any key when grub shows a countdown. Hit a to edit the kernel options and add a space then 1 to the end of the line. Then hit return to continue booting. This will give you a root login where you can use adduser to create a normal user.
adduser <username>
passwd <username>
follow the prompts, then

telinit 5
Now login as <username>.

The 1 you added to the kernel options only takes effect on that boot, it is not there the next time.

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