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Old 07-19-2006, 03:39 AM   #1
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Redhat Linux 7.3 login problems

Hi there,
I just borrowed a book from the Library, thought I'd give this Linux thing a go. (The Complete reference Linux 5th Edition). I installed Redhat 7.3 along along with Gnome and KDE. I chose to use Grub to pick which one to go into. During the installation process I did NOT create any other users besides the root user and only entered a custom password. I did not make a grub password.

Now at the Grub startup it asks me for a Login and a Password??? This is where I can pick Gnome or KDE. At no time during the installation was I asked to create a user name only a password.....what's going on? Is there a generic user name I can use to actually use this thing?
Old 07-19-2006, 03:47 AM   #2
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I think you're getting confused somewhere, as Grub has nothing to do with the choice of Gnome/KDE - they're on completely separate screens. Grub controls how the machine starts up; Gnome/KDE control your login session.

It sounds like you're at the login prompt screen. There isn't a generic login name you can use, and I doubt if it will let you log in using the root user. You should have created a username when it prompted you during the installation!

Your only option now is to log into text mode and create a user manually:

Hit ctrl-alt-F1. Log in as root using the username root and the password you chose during installation. Then do this:

useradd -m -p mypassword myusername
Change mypassword and myusername to be the username and password for the new account you are creating. Hit ctrl-alt-F7 and log in with this should be up and running.

Good luck!

For what it's worth, you'd probably be better off using a more recent distro than RH7.3, which is very old. RedHat is now a paid-for distro but Fedora Core 5 is supported by RedHat and you should find it's very similar.


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