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RH 4.2 won't let me past login!

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Everything goes smooth until locallogin. I enter root and my password or no password but it only tells me that my login is invalid. What do I do? I am a newbie, so any step by step directions would be helpful.

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Neil Lubin
nlubin@hotmail.com
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by:mlev
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Are you sure you are using the same password you specified during the installation, in the same case? If everything else fails,
you could boot the system in single user mode (if you use LILO and normally type 'linux' to load Linux, you would now type 'linux single') and reset the root password with 'passwd'. Or use a rescue disk.
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Thanks for responding.  Once in linux single I typed passwd at the bash#.  It said "Segmentation Fault".  I tried "adduser neil" and it said "In: /etc/passwd: No such file or directory /etc/passwd is locked. Try again Later.

Help!!!!

Neil
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by:alexbik
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If you boot from diskette, make sure you are trying to access the right file.
Sometimes a boot disk mounts your harddrive under /mnt instead of /.

Are you sure you /have/ a /etc/passwd file?

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by:mikegrb
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Ensure that your hdrive is getting read-write and not read only
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I don't remember the exact name, but you can remove the lock deleting /etc/.pwd.lock or /etc/.pwd.lck

If you are in single user you must:

mount -o remount,rw /
rm /etc/.pwd*
mount -o remount,ro /

If my mind servers me, there was a bug somewhere... you should upgrade to 5.1 or install the updates availabe at ftp.redhat.com for 4.2

Goo luck
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