Can't change default root password.

February 19, 2017 1.7k views
Getting Started Ubuntu 16.04

I try to change the default root password on my new droplet but when i hit enter with the new password, it just resets the console and the default password doesn't change.

7 Answers
Woet February 19, 2017
Accepted Answer

It asks for the current password first.

I do enter the current password. When it asks for a new password I enter one. When I press enter, it goes right back to asking for the username/password. The new password doesn't work at this point.

I have the same problem. I log in successfully, it asks to enter a new password. After I enter a new one it goes back to the start asking me to log in

You can try removing the encrypted password in the /etc/shadow file which will result in no password for the root account.

Now try to set a new password. I think that should work.

Let me know if it helps.

Woet was right however it never clicked what I was doing wrong. Thanks again.

I have the same problem, somebody know how to fix it please?

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