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Thread: Password doesn't work.

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    Password doesn't work.

    I installed Ubuntu Server 14.04 on my laptop to test and learn for my server install in the near future. After the install it asked me to set up a user name and password. after the install was complete, it asked me for the user name and password. I entered them as I did during the setup and it will not accept them. I don't know what to do. I'm lost.

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    Re: Password doesn't work.

    Don't take this as rude, took me a few tries to figure this one out myself. Put your regular OS back in place on the laptop and use VirtualBox to learn what to do with the os. Bare metal is last step unless you really have zero choice.

    To the password. Load up a live disk, chroot into the server install and make a new password. Also make sure caps lock isn't accidentally on. I've done that one before as well.
    Last edited by Tadaen_Sylvermane; June 5th, 2014 at 06:14 AM.

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    Re: Password doesn't work.

    Passwords in Ubuntu are case sensitive. 'Password' is seen as different to 'password' and 'passWord'

    Hope this helps.
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    Re: Password doesn't work.

    It's pretty easy to fix with this guide.
    http://askubuntu.com/questions/24006...ative-password
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    I found out what it was. When I chose a password, I used the left shift button to capitalize one of the letters. When I was having trouble with the password, I was using the right shift. Wow! touchy! I am using an old laptop to learn more about Ubuntu server. I have a couple other computers that I use for everything else. I am trying to learn how to setup a server for web hosting or even gaming so I can put it in a colo. any suggestions?

    Quote Originally Posted by lisati View Post
    Passwords in Ubuntu are case sensitive. 'Password' is seen as different to 'password' and 'passWord'

    Hope this helps.
    I found out that Ubuntu sees the two shift keys as different keys. Oops.
    Thank you

    I was told I can use webmin. Is this a good hosting setup?
    Last edited by deadflowr; June 5th, 2014 at 08:30 PM. Reason: merged posts

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    Re: Password doesn't work.

    Merged posts.

    I don't know how your keyboard is set up, but I use both shifts and on all my machines, they do the same exact thing as the other key.
    Left shift = capitalize
    right shift = capitalize

    Maybe one was set as compose...
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    Re: Password doesn't work.

    Funny. I set my key board to default US. Both shift keys are independent.

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    Re: Password doesn't work.

    Quote Originally Posted by Sprinkman View Post
    Funny. I set my key board to default US. Both shift keys are independent.
    Left and right shifts actually yield different capitalization codes. To see this, in a terminal, do:
    Code:
    sudo showkey
    then press your left and right shift keys (you can leave showkey using <ctrl>+<c>). On my keyboard, left shift returns 42, but right shift returns 54. If some config file deep in the guts of your installation parses password entries by keycode instead of ascii letter code, then it is quite possible that passwords capitalized using the left versus right shift keys may be interpreted as different inputs. This is especially relevant for keyboard layouts that are non-English and Linux may treat the default-US keyboard in like manner for the sake of consistency.

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