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Thread: Telnet/FTP & Root login

  1. #1
    Oxjockey
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    Telnet/FTP & Root login

    Hi all - Linux newbie and forum newbie here.

    I have two basic issues. 1st is I am having issues logging into the machine as the root account. When I go and try to login, it basically flips the screen to black & white and then to a prompt, then back to the login again. Is there anyway to assign su access to another login so I can delete that one and re-create it? (Or fix the root?)

    Also, I was trying to install IMAP and my telnet session locked up and now I can't create any new telnet or ftp sessions. It's a local area connection, and blocked by FW from the outside, so I'm not using SSH. I can't even connect to myself via telnet: connection refused. Any hints? I guess reinstalling xinetd is the only way to go? I've checked Lokkit, hosts.allow and restarted the machine & xinetd a few times to no avail.

    Thanks!
    Bryan




  2. #2

    Re:Telnet/FTP & Root login

    you can type su as the other user and put in the root password to become root.
    then you can do a passwd root to change it if you think that is the problem
    whatdoyougetwhenyoumultiplysixbynine??

  3. #3
    JimH
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    Re:Telnet/FTP & Root login

    You can't logon as root at all now?

    Jim H

  4. #4
    Oxjockey
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    Re:Telnet/FTP & Root login

    Nope! Not at the console, Telnet works fine, and I can SU when I telnet in. Not sure why...I can make my way around with the root password, but it's less convenient than logging in as the root.

    I got the FTP working, reinstalled xinetd...

  5. #5
    JimH
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    Re:Telnet/FTP & Root login

    What kind of error are you getting when you try to login as root?

  6. #6
    Oxjockey
    Guest

    Re:Telnet/FTP & Root login

    None, really. I put my name & password in, the screen goes black, then grey then black then back to the login prompt. The monitor clicks when it goes to black like when you change the resolution on the fly...

    Bryan

  7. #7
    JimH
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    Re:Telnet/FTP & Root login

    From that description it sure sounds to me like you are trying to login at the graphical login (runlevel 5) and not at a CLI shell prompt. What runlevel are you booting?

    If you are using runlevel 5 then more then likely something is corrupted in the /root directory. Look and see if you have a file named .xsession-errors in /root.


  8. #8
    Oxjockey
    Guest

    Re:Telnet/FTP & Root login

    ;D

    Excellent!

    xscreensaver: This is probably because you're logging in as root. You
    shouldn't log in as root: you should log in as a normal user,
    and then `su' as needed. If you insist on logging in as
    root, you will have to turn off X's security features before
    xscreensaver will work.

    Please read the manual and FAQ for more information:

    http://www.jwz.org/xscreensaver/faq.html
    http://www.jwz.org/xscreensaver/man.html

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