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Root Password Too Long For GUI Login
- To: misc_(_at_)_openbsd_(_dot_)_org
- Subject: Root Password Too Long For GUI Login
- From: Venice Miazza <veniceam_(_at_)_yahoo_(_dot_)_com>
- Date: Sat, 3 Apr 2004 16:02:25 -0800 (PST)
Hi. I recently set xdm to start automatically at
startup. (I was pleased to discover that the password
didn't echo even with a graphical login.) However, I
can't login as root, and because when I tried to type
my password into the username box I ran out of space
two characters short of the end of my password, I
think its because my password is too long.
None of the other usernames are part of group wheel,
so I can't use them to change the root password to
something shorter. Also, none of them have permissions
to change the /etc/rc.conf file so that xdm doesn't
I tried restarting the system and booting into single
user mode by typing "-s" when the system said ">boot",
but that neither echoed nor worked, so I assume I did
So, I need to boot into single user mode, switch to a
shell login after the GUI one had come up, re-install
OpenBSD, or somehow crack into my own system. Of
those, the only one that I know how to do is the 3rd,
but I'd really rather not have to resort to that.
Additional info: I have an i386 machine that runs
OpenBSD 3.4, and I used the xf86cfg command (as
opposed to the XF86Setup command) to configure
Thanks in advance!
P.S. After this problem is over, is there any way I
could change some setting so that I can type a longer
password into the GUI login screen?
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