Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 863744
cannot set root password from configuration hub after install is complete
Last modified: 2012-10-17 08:46:11 EDT
Created attachment 622903 [details]
screenshot showing configuration hub after install is complete
Description of problem:
If a root password is not set before the install completes, it cannot be set at all. After the install is complete, clicking on "Root Password" has no effect.
The pointer changes from an arrow to a finger when it is moved over the root password spoke.
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Steps to Reproduce:
1. Install from a Live CD.
2. Do not set a root password.
3. Wait for the install to complete, but do not click the reboot button.
Cannot set root password.
Can set root password.
The user account created during firstboot was automatically given administrator privileges.
This is not possible, you can only set root password while packages are copied over. The next step writes configuration to disk and obviously no changes after that will be reflected in the system after reboot.
We are changing anaconda to require root password again, so it will wait for you to set it before dumping it to harddisk.
If you install LXDE, firstboot should fire up on the first boot and let you create admin user.
The hand cursor over insensitive spoke is probably a small UI bug.
If a root password is going to be required during installation, this is probably moot ...
My problem description was unclear:
"If a root password is not set before the install completes, it cannot be set at all [during installation]."
However, the administrative user created during firstboot can set the root password from a terminal or console after installation with:
$ sudo su
Tested with an F18 Gnome desktop install in a VM.
I had an issue with TC2 where no root user password was set in anaconda, then firstboot didn't run at all, so no admin user was set up, and I was left without a way to get into the system at all.
(In reply to comment #4)
> I had an issue with TC2 where no root user password was set in anaconda,
> then firstboot didn't run at all, so no admin user was set up, and I was
> left without a way to get into the system at all.
You might be able to recover by booting in rescue mode from an installer disc, doing a "chroot /mnt/sysimage", and running "passwd" from there.
Tested with Fedora-18-Beta-TC2-x86_64-netinst.iso.
 Under "Troubleshooting" in the menu.
We changed anaconda to require the root password to be set.
CLOSED/ERRATA then ...
Well anyways DUP anyways..
*** This bug has been marked as a duplicate of bug 862238 ***