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.

Alright i go into the terminal and type in

sudo passwd random-pass
-enter-
[sudo] password for user:[]

I type whatever password i want in and the insertion point/caret just stays in the same spot. I type and it gets all dodgey so it shows nothing when i type my password

-enter again- (thinking it is fine when the insertion point isnt moving)
Sorry; try again
[sudo] password for user:

It does nothing and i cant process nay commands, well not many throughout the terminal. It is VERY agitating.

share|improve this question
    
Sorry i had it organized within the body. –  Tarridon Jul 27 '11 at 3:38

2 Answers 2

If you want to change your password, open the About Me control panel, and click the Change Password... button and follow the prompts.

The sudo passwd random-pass command you issued actually means switch to the super user (the sudo bit), and change the password for the random-pass user. The initial password prompt was from sudo and was asking for your current password. If you entered that in correctly, it would then run the passwd command.

If you want to change your own password from the command line, just run passwd by itself with no arguments and not via sudo.

share|improve this answer

The cursor doesn't move because people aren't supposed to easily see how long the password is. It is being stored anyway.

share|improve this answer

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.