When I try to reset my password from the root menu using the
passwd command, it says "type new unix password", but I can't type.
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If you still want to see placeholder characters like
* as you type, follow next instructions:
rlwrap tool by running next command in terminal:
sudo apt-get install rlwrap
Use next command when you want to change your paswword:
Moreover, next you can create an alias for
rlwrap passwd (see here how to create a permanent alias):
alias passwd='rlwrap passwd'
From now, in the future you can use
passwd as normal and you will see
* characters when you type the password as you expect.
You are typing your password just you can't see it. This is for security purpose. Normally when you type password (
windows)you get the length of password from the number of asterisks. But here you can't get even that.
This happens only in terminal. When you need to enter your password in some GUI (commads like
gksu pops up dialog box to enter the password), you can see the asterisks(*) or other character as you type it.