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Old 07-09-2015, 02:25 PM   #1
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New User Account from TTY

I need to create a new admin account from the TTY interface.

I used this command:

sudo useradd -m username
I then created a password

The account was created but I am not able to login. After the password is entered I am brought back to the login screen.

Anyone please help. I am stuck on this and I really need to fix it.

Im on ubuntu 13.10
Old 07-09-2015, 02:31 PM   #2
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sudo passwd usersname
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Check "/etc/passwd" and see what login shell the new user is assigned. Make sure it's not "false" or "nologin" or something of that sort.
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As superuser check the logs for clues
/var/log/auth.log would let you know of the failure to login.

example of a failure to login for user ubuntu:
Jul 11 16:06:05 orome sshd[1079]: error: Could not load host key: /etc/ssh/ssh_host_ed25519_key
Jul 11 16:06:20 orome sshd[1079]: pam_unix(sshd:auth): authentication failure; logname= uid=0 euid=0 tty=ssh ruser= rhost=<ip_address_here>  user=ubuntu
Jul 11 16:06:22 orome sshd[1079]: Failed password for ubuntu from <ip_address_here> port 24362 ssh2
The red number inside the [] identify all these three lines as part of the same session attempt. In this case the password was not correct.

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