Did I do something wrong?
Ruben de Groot
mail23 at bzerk.org
Wed Aug 6 02:39:01 PDT 2003
On Tue, Aug 05, 2003 at 09:38:16PM -0400, Gregory Felter typed:
> I received the information for my dedicated FreeBSD box today from the
> hosting company. It's an unmanaged box which was supposed to be running
> 4.8 but is running 5.1 because they said 4.8 would not install (Doubtful to
> me, sounds like an order mix up)
> I did as instructed and changed my login password to the account they set
> for me and the SU password. Next I found that they did a minimal install
> so through sysinstall I went to post install configurations and loaded in
> all distribution sets including ports. When this finished I installed my
> editor of choice, pico. In order to use pico after just installing it you
> must exit out from root and log in as root again. I typed exit and was
> back to my account prompt. For some reason I typed uname -a to see what
> info would show up. After looking at the output I typed su and received
> back "who are you?" I was surprised at the response so I typed su again,
> same response. Now, not knowing what to think, I said well I'll try
> logging in again. I'm still trying to log on! I'm locked out of the box.
> I know this is rather long but I just want to make sure I didn't do
> anything wrong. I'm not new to FreeBSD but this really has me puzzled.
> Did I screw up? Did they make a faulty install? Any thoughts?
When you "loaded in" all distribution sets you overwrote the passwd files.
So your stuck with a default passwd file now (root without a
password and no additional users accept the default ones)
You might find backups of the old passwd files in /var/backup, but for
that you have to get in first from the console.
I'd say you screwed up ;-)
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