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Date:      Wed, 24 Apr 2013 14:38:59 +0100
From:      Arthur Chance <>
To:        questions FreeBSD <>
Cc:        Lowell Gilbert <>, Bernt Hansson <>
Subject:   Re: Diskless question
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In-Reply-To: <44mwsow000.fsf@lowell-desk.lan>
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On 04/24/13 14:07, Lowell Gilbert wrote:
> Bernt Hansson <> writes:
>> 2013-04-24 12:30, Arthur Chance skrev:
>>> On 04/24/13 09:18, Bernt Hansson wrote:
>>>> Hello list!
>>>> I have set up a diskless machine with 8.3-stable and i as a user can log
>>>> in, but when I try to log in as root it won't work. How to resolv that
>>>> issue. I have tried with and without password but the computer said no.
>>> How did it say no? What does the entry for root in /etc/passwd say?
>> $su
>> Sorry
>> root:*:0:0:Charlie &:/root:/bin/csh
>         ^
>        / \
> Root has no valid password.
> You'll need to go into single-user mode and either give it one or
> install sudo and add your regular user to the sudoers file.

No, that's from /etc/passwd which never shows any real password 
information. The true password field is in /etc/master.passwd and I'm 
not going to ask anyone to show that here. However, the OP should check 
it's got a valid looking field value rather than just a '*'

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