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I just made a VM of 13.04. In the installer I could make a short password for the initial account (being chided appropriately). Now I want another test account but the passwd utility prevents me from doing short/simple passwords.

I have tried sudo passwd test1 to set a simple password without success.

I have also tried changing the line in /etc/pam.d/common-password to: "password [success=1 default=ignroe] pam_unix.so sha512"

But it still appears to be doing the obscure or similar test.

I appreciate having these sort of checks in general, but not when they lack any sort of workaround (even for root).

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Odds are your username is not test1
sudo passwd $USER would change your password
That will break something if you have encrypted your home folder, if I remember correctly

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