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    Can't type Sudo password in terminal

    I'm totally new with Ubuntu.
    I was trying to enter sudo gedit /boot/grub/menu.lst
    But it ask for a password
    And when I try to type it nothing happens, it's just blank.
    How do I type?

    Thanks

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    Re: Can't type Sudo password in terminal

    So, when it asks for your password, type it in and press enter. This is the way it is, perhaps it is extra security or.... Anyway, once you are done, press enter. That's it. If you mess up you can hit ctr+u and start over.

    Best,
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    Re: Can't type Sudo password in terminal

    Quote Originally Posted by matsemann08 View Post
    I'm totally new with Ubuntu.
    I was trying to enter sudo gedit /boot/grub/menu.lst
    But it ask for a password
    And when I try to type it nothing happens, it's just blank.
    How do I type?

    Thanks
    Why do you need to edit menu.lst?

    Just type the password and press enter.

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    Re: Can't type Sudo password in terminal

    Quote Originally Posted by matsemann08 View Post
    I'm totally new with Ubuntu.
    I was trying to enter sudo gedit /boot/grub/menu.lst
    But it ask for a password
    And when I try to type it nothing happens, it's just blank.
    How do I type?

    Thanks
    Hi and welcome, it does not show the password being typed for security. Just type the password and then enter.
    Also you may use the alt, F2 keys to enter commands.

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    Re: Can't type Sudo password in terminal

    Quote Originally Posted by matsemann08 View Post
    I'm totally new with Ubuntu.
    I was trying to enter sudo gedit /boot/grub/menu.lst
    But it ask for a password
    And when I try to type it nothing happens, it's just blank.
    How do I type?

    Thanks
    Please use gksudo for gui apps like gedit.

    Which ubuntu version are you using?

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    Re: Can't type Sudo password in terminal

    Ubuntu 10.04

    I got the password thing to work, but when the file menu.lst opens it's just blank
    I wanted to change the default starter OS, and it said that I should just open that file and change some stuff.
    Any help on that matter?

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    Re: Can't type Sudo password in terminal

    10.04 uses GRUB2. It doesn't use menu.lst.
    Come to #ubuntuforums! We have cookies! | Basic Ubuntu Security Guide

    Tomorrow's an illusion and yesterday's a dream, today is a solution...

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    Re: Can't type Sudo password in terminal

    Quote Originally Posted by matsemann08 View Post
    Ubuntu 10.04

    I got the password thing to work, but when the file menu.lst opens it's just blank
    I wanted to change the default starter OS, and it said that I should just open that file and change some stuff.
    Any help on that matter?
    See these two bit's of info.

    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1195275
    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Grub2

    If that is too much info install startupmanager and use it to change the default OS. It appears is system>admin.

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    Re: Can't type Sudo password in terminal

    Ahh
    Thanks

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    Red face Re: Can't type Sudo password in terminal

    Hi - i'm also new to Ubuntu

    i am unable to type my password in - it's not that it won't enter - it just wont type anything at all - i've tried a few restarts but no go - so far no terminal action, but nearly everything else works fine

    [sudo] password for ian:

    i get to this bit then can't type anything in

    i'm using Ubuntu 10 on a Dell GX280 with dual boot to win xp, and a microsoft keyboard which is working fine everywhere else within ubuntu

    thanks

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