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Old 09-29-2006, 10:36 AM   #1
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This has got be a daft question.. how do I log in???


I have loaded my spanking new Centos X86_64 and am looking at the log in screen for the graphical interface... but I didn't set a user password. The root pasword takes me to the command line where I am lost.

Help... thanks in advance
 
Old 09-29-2006, 10:43 AM   #2
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Did the install process give you the option to add a user?

If not you will need to add a user. To do this (as root) type:
Code:
useradd -m pilot
-where "pilot" can be any name
-m will create a home directory

see http://webtools.live2support.com/linux/useradd.php for more options
 
Old 09-29-2006, 10:50 AM   #3
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Thanks ! that added a user OK but there is still no password and return log in incorrect ?


I couldn't find an option to add a user in set up. did I miss it?
 
Old 09-29-2006, 10:50 AM   #4
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if you have created the user and only need the password created you can set it as root with the command 'passwd username'
 
Old 09-29-2006, 10:56 AM   #5
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OK I have the user pilot but when I put in the root password I still get an incorrect log in?

sorry but "command 'passwd username' doesn't mean much to me at the moment ?
 
Old 09-29-2006, 10:56 AM   #6
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Originally Posted by MOS JEFF-INITELY
if you have created the user and only need the password created you can set it as root with the command 'passwd username'
yep... that would have been handy if I added that
 
Old 09-29-2006, 10:58 AM   #7
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since you have pilot as a user

Code:
passwd pilot
as root
 
Old 09-29-2006, 11:07 AM   #8
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ok .. let me clarify.
There are binary files (executables) which are commands in the command line. You can find these commands in several folders in / such as /usr/bin or /sbin (there are more). One of the commands passwd can change user passwords. Since root is the administrator he/she can change any users password.

to change the root password root would use the command:
passwd

to change the user mosjeff's password root would only need to use the command:
passwd mosjeff

root also has the power to become any user without a password:
su username

for root to become mosjeff they would use the command:
su mosjeff

you can also create a password while adding a user with useradd by specifying the parameter -p passwordhere
 
Old 09-29-2006, 11:13 AM   #9
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start form scratch as this is not having it

log in to root.

Set a new user as

useradd -m pilot passwd newpassword

log out as root and log back in as above and I should be in??


Thanks in advance
 
Old 09-29-2006, 11:24 AM   #10
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I logged in as root OK

useradd -m username -p password

returned to root no errors

log in screen set username and password and have incorrect log in ??

am I wrong ??
 
Old 09-29-2006, 11:25 AM   #11
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no.
login as root.

in xterm type the following or copy and paste:
useradd -m pilot; passwd pilot

now before you logout ensure the user was created as root type(copy) this:
su pilot

you should now be the user pilot, to check this type:
whoami

it should tell you your pilot, now exit pilot by typing:
exit

this will bring you back to root, to exit root type:
logout

now try to login as pilot with whatever password you created with the passwd command

Last edited by MOS JEFF-INITELY; 09-29-2006 at 11:34 AM.
 
Old 09-29-2006, 11:38 AM   #12
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Logged in as root

root@server root] # useradd -m orange; passwd apple

return

the response was

passd: Unknown username 'apple'

root@server root] #

sorry to try your resolve here ?
 
Old 09-29-2006, 11:41 AM   #13
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You need to use the username for the account you want to change the password for, in your last post this was "orange".
 
Old 09-29-2006, 11:44 AM   #14
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the passwd command takes a username as a parameter not the actual password.

for example if user is orange:
passwd orange

then it will prompt you something like this:
New password:

enter your password. (apple)

then it will prompt you again.. something like this:
Re-enter new password:

re-enter the password you just created. (apple)
 
Old 09-29-2006, 11:47 AM   #15
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That did it !


thank you so much for your help.

Your patience is much appreciated.

Many thanks.
 
  


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