smj wrote:That's not what normally happens for me, on any system. If what you described were to happen to me, I'd assume I mixed up my passwd(1) commands somehow.
geo wrote:then typed in the new password? then retype for confirmation? then all was ok until deciding to shutdown? root password is unusable.. more weird thing happen, ill post it on another subejct
SAQ wrote:It shouldn't do that. If it does it again you probably have some very bizarre stuff going on, and an IRIX reinstall might be your easiest bet.
smj wrote:Sorry if my previous response sounded harsh - I literally meant, if it happened once I'd assume I was at fault (somehow). But as SAQ mentions, if it happened a second time - and it's strange enough I probably would try to reproduce it rather than waiting - then I would assume it was something about the system rather than me.
But it sounds like you may have other issues with the system in question...
josehill wrote:If you have IRIX installation media, you can try deleting the root password, rebooting, resetting it, and then seeing if the strange behavior continues.
The easiest way to do this is generally by booting into the miniroot from an IRIX installation cd, exiting to a shell, and then editing the /etc/passwd file or /etc/shadow file using the vi text editor. There are several step-by-step descriptions of the procedure on the net.
geo wrote:thanks jose, yes i have but hmm i only got the 6.5 CDs, is it ok? my game plan now is put password for root now and see if successfull and check it it would affect the users password too. will keep here posted
josehill wrote:Yes, the 6.5 CD would work, since you only use the installation CD to boot the machine, but you don't actually install anything. You boot from the CD as if you were going to run an installation, but when the installer starts, you can exit the installer and launch a shell, at which point you can run vi to delete the root password from the /etc/passwd file. See https://sites.google.com/a/hummingbirdc ... gi-systems for a step-by-step guide.
geo wrote:does this mean even upgrading to 6.5 but still i can use or retain the software installed during 6.3?
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