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Old 01-03-2011, 02:31 AM   #1
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I can't create root's password during setup

I download DVD ISO image of slackware 13.1.
I check md5sum of the image. It is correct.
I install the OS on my computer.
During Setup, I can't create root's password.
I try to input new password when prompt.
And I retype the password for confirm.
But the error show that "They don't match ; try again."
Please help me. How do I fix it?
Thank you in advance for your helps.
Old 01-03-2011, 04:24 AM   #2
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It seems that they really don't match... I had the same problem when was installing slackware for the first time. Just try a little bit harder :-)
Old 01-03-2011, 05:30 AM   #3
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caps lock accidentally pressed?
Old 01-03-2011, 05:47 AM   #4
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1. Type your password
2. Press Enter
3. Retype your password
4. Press Enter

If your password is a mixture of lower and upper case letters, it's easy to make a mistake.
Make sure you get everything right.
Old 01-04-2011, 03:35 AM   #5
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A worn-out keyboard/keypad may play tricks on you. Choose a simple password until you are sure that it works and then change it later with the passwd command.
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You didn't mention any details about your specific hardware. If you're using reasonably contemporary hardware, and you experienced no error messages with individual packages installing from the "a" and "ap" series, then I agree with the preceding posters.

However, I discovered a couple of months ago when I was resurrecting (for use as a local DNS server) a shockingly old AMD K6-300 / Award Bios from Dec. 1997, that while I could put 13.1 or 12.2 on it (after 2 or 3 passes on some of the "a", "ap", and "n" packages to get them to install without erroring), I could not set the root password.

After a couple of evenings of head-scratching and reinstalls, I reached back to the last 2.4 kernel version, 11.0, and installed it without any problem whatever, including the root password. I could then move from the default 2.4.33 kernel to the included 2.6.17 one. Which is what the little server is running now.

But the point is that if your hardware happens to be quite old, then you might be more successful with a Slack version from before the various changes instituted around about 12.0 and following.
Old 01-05-2011, 11:26 PM   #7
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I change password after installation

I found that root's password (default) is none ( hit enter key ) for slackware.
So, after I installation. I login with root's default password and passwd again.
I try several times and I finally change root's password.
Thank you for any answers.


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