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Incorrecr password error in Terminal

asked 2013-07-14 14:26:18 -0600

manik gravatar image


I keep getting incorrect password when trying to get superuser access with the command "su" but I am sure it is correct. I can also change password with the command "passwd" but it still keeps saying incorrect password. Any help?

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answered 2013-07-15 02:29:56 -0600

anishjp gravatar image

Enter into the run level 1 (press e when u are on the grub menu and add 1 to the kernel line) which will take you to a terminal with root access! Then you can change the password by the command passwd.

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answered 2013-07-14 14:50:31 -0600

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The password it's asking for isn't your password, it's the root password that you set when you installed Linux. You're using su to switch from your account to the root (or admin) account, so you have to use the root password to show that you're authorized to log in as root.

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answered 2013-07-15 01:14:25 -0600

manik gravatar image

Thanks for the info. I think I know the root password, but am not too sure. Any way I can change the root password? Thanks

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You just need to add a 1 to the kernel boot parameter line at GRUB time. This will get you to the single-user mode (run level 1). And you'll be able to use passwd to change your root password.

shaiton gravatar imageshaiton ( 2013-07-15 05:40:45 -0600 )edit

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