Bug 83851

Summary: forget password vs change password
Product: [Retired] Red Hat Linux Reporter: Michael Redinger <michael.redinger>
Component: rhl-gsgAssignee: Melissa Goldin <mgoldin>
Status: CLOSED CURRENTRELEASE QA Contact: John Ha <jha>
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Description Michael Redinger 2003-02-09 19:47:24 UTC
Red Hat Linux Getting Started Guide 8.0.93
Page 126 (14.9. Password Maintenance)
Note that changing a password is very different from having forgotten the
password and setting a new one:
When setting a new password, "passwd" is enough (in fact you can't specify
a username unless you're root).
If you have forgotten a password, you have to run "passwd username" as
You only specify "passwd username" (and don't mention that you've to be root
to use it) but not "passwd".

Comment 1 John Ha 2004-11-29 20:36:30 UTC
As this is bug is quite old yet still applicable to the new version of
the Getting Started Guide (now called the "Red Hat Enterprise Linux
Step-by-Step Guide"), I am assigning this over to the new maintainer
of this manual.

Melissa, the bug report applies to 12.9 "Password Maintenance" in the
Step-by-Step Guide. Perhaps we need to split up the separate processes
("I forgot" vs. "I just want to change") as the reporter suggested?

Comment 2 Melissa Goldin 2005-02-02 20:47:59 UTC
I'm editing Chapter 14 now, and will split Password Maintenance into
'Changing Your Password' and 'Retrieving a Forgotten Password.'