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Trying to reset password. At root@ubuntu:~#, I enter passwd username and press enter. I then get Enter new UNIX password:.

At this point I can not use the keyboard to enter anything. If I press Enter I get Retype new UNIX password. Again the only key that works is the Enter key.

How do I reset my forgotten password?

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marked as duplicate by Braiam, Alaa Ali, Alvar, Takkat, psusi Sep 16 '13 at 21:50

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Problem solved. Thanks for all the help. –  Chuck Sep 16 '13 at 16:41

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Believe it or not, the answer isn't on your keyboard.

As a security measure, when you type your password, it won't show up on screen. The password won't show up as if it were in a word-processing program, but it will be held in memory even if it doesn't show up.

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You dont see your new password just type it and hit enter. It will rest

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Although it appears that your password isn't showing up, this is a security measure.

While it doesn't appear on the screen, your key-presses are still being stored in memory. So, if you enter your password, it will still work.

This can be annoying for some people, but if you think about it it does add security, because a snooper at, say a coffee shop, can't see how many characters your password, greatly increasing the difficulty of them breaking your password later.

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