Password problem confirmed as repeatable - was [Re: Newbie password problem(s)]
Richard Owlett wrote:
I've been doing a series of Debian installs over the last
YES. There are easier ways to do things. *BUT* my purpose is
_educational_ rather than "efficiency" ;)
I have a history of problems with the root password not
If the problem *DOES* occur on a individual install
iteration , it *WILL* occur on *EVERY* cold boot and *EVERY*
time a root password is required.
If the problem *DOESN'T* occur on a individual install
iteration , it *WILL NEVER* occur on *ANY* cold boot and
*ANY* time a root password is required.
Whether or not the problem appears is independent of:
install media - LiveCD or purchased 8 DVD set
target machine - Lenovo ThinkPad or Lenovo desktop
On reinstall the problem may or may not occur independent
of previous condition.
The current problem iteration:
A minimum CLI install on the desktop machine.
A successful boot which accepted my user name and password.
Attempted to use su command, would not accept either password.
Successful "apt-get install gdm3" using user password.
Reboot resulted in expected GUI.
Could not access either "Root Terminal" nor "Synaptic" from
menu - password not accepted.
When rebooting into "Rescue Mode", the last two lines
sulogin: root account is locked, starting shell
At this point I'm allowed to do "apt-get install xyz" - no
Comments, questions, suggestions?????
Notes on reinstall after having root password not recognized
Power off the machine
Power up and chose DVD as boot device
With Debian 6.0.5 DVD 1 of 8 in drive, select "Graphical
------------from here on only entries when default entry NOT
1. after network configuration failed due *NO* network existing
chose "Do not configure network at this time"
2. Did not enable shadow passwords
3. Did not chose "set clock using NTP"
4. Set time zone to Central
5. Partitioning choices made
Delete *ALL* existing partitions
Create a 20 GB primary partition at beginning of drive,
format as Ext3,
mount point /
Create a 5 GB logical partition at end of drive for swap
6. Driver selection - Generic [I usually choose targeted]
7. Software selection - Chose ONLY "Standard system utilities"
8. Finish the installation - said clock not set to UTC
1st boot after install
1. User name and password accepted
2. Attempted "sudo apt-get install gdm3"
Received error message "-bash: sudo: command not found"
3. Attempted "su", neither root nor user password accepted
4. Rebooted with CNTRL-ALT-DEL
5. Chose rescue mode
6. System appeared to start as expected
The last three lines displayed on monitor are:
Setting up console font and keymap...done.<CRLF>
sulogin: root account is locked, starting shell<CRLF>
root@debian:~# [ 9.683173] IBM TrackPoint firmware: 0x0e,
[ 9.892571] input: TPPS/2 IBM TrackPoint as
I then hit <ENTER> receiving a new prompt of "root@debian~#"
7. Entered "apt-get install gdm3", received a prompt of "Do
you want to continue [Y/n]?" to which I responded with <ENTER>
*NOTE BENE* NO PASSWORD(s) were requested or given after I
started Rescue mode.
8. That process appeared to run to a normal finish.
9. Then entered "apt-get install gedit gparted" which also
seemed to conclude normally.
10. Rebooted by typing "exit"
11. Received an apparently normal Gnome request for password
which was accepted.
12. Attempted to run both "root terminal" and "gparted",
neither would recognize the root password.
Re-did the above installation except chose "Install" when
Every thing was the same through Step 2 under "1st boot
When entering "su" in step 3, the root password *WAS* accepted.
Doing "apt-get install gdm3" and "apt-get install gedit
gparted" both proceeded to apparently normal finish. Typing
"exit" returned me to the user prompt. I then rebooted using
Attempting to run Root Terminal proceeded normally thru
prompting and apparently accepting the root password. The
terminal did not appear - I've had that happen before,
apparently although the icon for Root Terminal appears in
the Applications sub-menu, the underlying program is not
Gparted started without asking for a password while
displaying the screen titled "Granted permissions without
asking for password". Confirmed my suspicion by powering
down and rebooting. This time I started Gparted first [it
did ask for root password] and then attempting to star Root
Terminal. I received the screen titled "Granted permissions
without asking for password". The Root Terminal again DID
NOT appear. Installing gnome-terminal with Synaptic caused
Terminal to appear in Applications menu. Now both Root
Terminal and Terminal are functional.