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Re: [gNewSense-users] can't get root

From: Karl Goetz
Subject: Re: [gNewSense-users] can't get root
Date: Fri, 05 Jan 2007 15:00:18 +1030
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Tim Retout wrote:
On Thu, 2007-01-04 at 15:17 -0600, Bill McConnaughey wrote:
I installed gNewSense 1.0 without apparent problems. But I can't log in as root. Should I have given "root" when it asked for a user name during the installation?

It probably wasn't a good idea. Perhaps the installer should check that
the user doesn't choose usernames that match system accounts. (Does it
not do this already?)

i would think it does.

What can I do about it now?

not log in as root.

If you don't want to reinstall, you could use the installation CD as a
LiveCD, mount the relevant partitions, chroot in, and add a user. Do you
know how to do this? It will be something like:

sudo mount /dev/hda1 /mnt
sudo chroot /mnt
sudo adduser bill
<enter password and other information as required>

i dont think that will be required :)

I did the installation on one system and then tried to connect the hard
disk to an older machine.  I got Grub error 18 (selected cylinder exceeds
the maximum supported by bios).  Is it possible to do an installation on
that machine?

Perhaps, using a smaller HDD...

... or correctly, make a 64mb boot partition ;)

On my first attempt to install, on a 2.1 GB disk, it got 75% of the way there and **then** said the disk is full.

unless you have 2 drives totalling more then 3 gig, using a 2.1 is a no-go.

...or not.


Karl Goetz
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