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Mint terminal will not recognize password.

Discussion in 'Command Line' started by Greentea, Apr 2, 2018.

  1. Greentea

    Greentea New Member

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    Terminal will recognize text, but not my password. I know, it is not made visible. I know my password. No, caps lock is not on.

    Am I overlooking something?



    Any help appreciated. Thanks.
     
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  2. JasKinasis

    JasKinasis Well-Known Member

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    What program/application is asking you for your password? Are you doing something via sudo? or is this some other program?

    Do you get any error messages?

    If this is related to the use of sudo - Is your user a member of the sudo group?
    You can find out by using the following command:
    Code:
    groups
    
    Which will list all of the groups your user is associated with.

    If your user IS in the sudo group - then sudo should work and the only sane explanation is that you have entered your password incorrectly. The only other thing to try might be to change the password for your account, then log out and log back in again.

    If your user isn't in the sudo group (i.e. "sudo" is not included in the output from the groups command) - then you will have to log in as another user with root access and then add your user account to the sudo group.
    e.g.
    Code:
    sudo usermod -a -G sudo username
    
    Where username is the user to be added to the sudo group.
    I'm not a Mint user, but there's probably also a GUI based user-management application that will allow you to add superuser privileges to your account - assuming that is what you are trying to do.

    But before we go too far down the user-management rabbit-hole - I think the first thing to do is get clarification from you about which application is rejecting your password and whether or not your user is a member of the "sudo" group.
     
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  3. atanere

    atanere Moderator
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    Not that comes to my mind. Having no explanation doesn't preclude a solution though: reset your password (even to the same thing, if you want). It's a fairly easy process in Mint... take a look here. I use Mint also, and I tested the first method which worked fine for me.

    Cheers
     
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  4. wizardfromoz

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    @Greentea - hi Mate :p

    Just let us know if that worked for you or not? If not, there are other possibilities ;)

    Wizard
     
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  5. Zahoor Ramzan Mir

    Zahoor Ramzan Mir New Member

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    May Be You should try to use backup terminal on post start up.
     
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  6. This is the best and easiest to do it I had to do so after realising I had caps lock on when I set it up and realising I don't use caps lock for my password
     
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  7. Greentea

    Greentea New Member

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    Sorry to take forever to reply to this. Didn't mean to abandon the thread. Just wanted to say a big thanks!

    Quite a mess. Destroyed MBR again and so reinstalled Win7. My main machine just does not like to dual-boot. So I installed Mint to my old Dell P4 but no joy. I've always thought Linux ran like sh.-off-a-shovel on legacy hardware, but on the P4 it's like cold molasses in February. Must be the platform has gained weight over the years.

    I can't for now switch OS on my main machine so I have to conclude that I must wait until I have new hardware before I can meaningfully use Linux. #: (
     
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  8. wizardfromoz

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    Not necessarily, sir :D

    (Wizard appears in a puff of smoke, trips over legacy hardware, curses and puts more RAM in it)

    Bad news about "the mess". But there may another Linux suited to the Dell.

    If you feel like starting a new thread, and feature in the title something about Legacy Hardware, we might be able to make suggestions. Just give us the Model Number on the Dell and any other specs you have.

    Also, if the Mint you were trying on the Dell had the Cinnamon DE (Desktop Environment) that could account for the sluggishness. Cinnamon, whilst the flagship for Linux Mint, is at the same time heaviest on resources.

    You can read about DEs here https://renewablepcs.wordpress.com/about-linux/kde-gnome-or-xfce/

    And if the Mint on the Dell is still operational, you can get some specs using, at Terminal

    Code:
    inxi -Fxs
    Cheers, and hope we will continue to see you around?

    Chris Turner
    wizardfromoz
     
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  9. atanere

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    Yes, some Linux distros have gained a lot of weight over the years, and so have I!!! :eek::D But for your older Dell, it is mostly a matter of RAM. There still should be something that will run okay for you, even if not Mint. Let us know the specs on that machine and we'll be glad to try to steer you to something else to try. Or if you can purchase more RAM then you can open up a lot more options.

    Cheers
     
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