Take the 2-minute tour ×
Ask Ubuntu is a question and answer site for Ubuntu users and developers. It's 100% free, no registration required.

I'm running Ubuntu Server 12.04 LTS and since the latest update of the passwd program I can't logon to the System anymore. If I enter a vaild user password the system shows me the login dialog again or closes the connection if I try to logon using ssh. If I enter a wrong password the system reacts as usual. The only way to get access to a shell is to boot into the recovery mode.

Moreover if I enter passwd or passwd <Username> in the recorvery mode root shell the passwd application simply closes itself.

What can I do to solve this problem? I thought about compiling the program and trying the self-compiled version.

share|improve this question
    
You say "Ubuntu Server", then you say "login dialog": are you talking about the graphical login or on the command line? –  guntbert Mar 2 '13 at 22:19
    
I'm logging in via command line. –  Lukas Mar 7 '13 at 12:18
add comment

1 Answer

Have you tried booting into single user mode and try using passwd in there? Let me know if need a guide on how to boot into single user mode.

Keep in mind to change the password for a user you need to type it in after the command. Ex: passwd userName

share|improve this answer
    
That is no answer. –  guntbert Mar 2 '13 at 22:18
    
Thanks for your quick reply! I booted into single user mode using this tutorial and I'm still having the problem. Moreover I switched into single user mode from the recovery system using the command init 1. who -r shows me that I'm in runlevel S, which is equal to runlevel one. However, the problem still appears. –  Lukas Mar 2 '13 at 23:37
add comment

Your Answer

 
discard

By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.