My login screen has started listing as an alternate user a word which I have used in the past as a password for certain applications.
However, when I try to delete it I am told it does not exist, and it doesn't appear when I type
cut -d: -f1 l /etc/passwd in terminal.
I have no idea how I managed to create this problem - has anyone got a suggestion on how to get rid of it?
If I change
cut -d: l -f1 /etc/passwd to
cut -d: l -f5 /etc/passwd
> jim@jim-HP-EliteBook-8460p:~$ cut -d: -f5 l /etc/passwd
cut: l: No such file or directory root daemon bin
Light Display Manager
Avahi autoip daemon,,, Avahi mDNS daemon,,, dnsmasq,,, colord colour management daemon,,, Speech Dispatcher,,, HPLIP system user,,, Kernel Oops Tracking Daemon,,, PulseAudio daemon,,, RealtimeKit,,,
usbmux daemon,,, Jim Berry,,,
sudo deluser oldpassword
still gives me
The user "oldpassword" does not exist
The record with "oldpassword" as field 5 has "subroot" as field 1.
Would it be safe to delete "subroot" or is it more complicated than that?
i.e. is "subroot" possibly a legitimate passwd record that I have somehow unknowingly corrupted or is it an "interloper" that I have unknowingly created?