forgot sudo password- cannot login as root- cannot login to phpmyadmi

February 19, 2015 1.7k views

So this is embarrassing but...
A month ago I set up a basic LAMP following your tutorials, upload a web app I am working on and all was well. Last month been programming and uploading sporatic update but not really testing the live site. Recently noticed some problems, deleted the public_html directory (sorry not using git or anything yet). Now wanted to log in to phpmyadmin to check the database but could not login, although I have my password written down here. I was thinking of just reinstalling phpmyadmin but my sudo password fails and I have that written down. When I log in to the droplet console I also cannot login to the droplet. I must have confused passwords or something during the setup process. I do not think I ever got a password emailed to me because I cannot find any email at all from do and I ssh with a key. Is there any suggestions or do I need to destroy the droplet and start again.

  • ok so I reset my root password and eventually logged in from console as root. Now I prefer to use ssh key which I already have and can log in as a regular user but when I try to ssh as root it keeps asking me for a password.

  • Dont SSH in as root.... Disable root SSH and SSH in as a user only.

    If you want root access after, just type " su - " and enter the root password once logged in.

1 Answer

If you managed to log into the console as root then that same password should work fine over ssh. If you want to use ssh keys rather than putting in your password for your root account as well you should follow this guide it walks you through the process of setting up the key and disabling the password. Hope that helps :)

by Etel Sverdlov
SSH keys provide a more secure way of logging into a virtual private server with SSH than using a password alone. With SSH keys, users can log into a server without a password. This tutorial explains how to generate, use, and upload an SSH Key Pair.
  • Thank you for the prompt reply. I am able to create ssh keys. I just realized could it be that the key on my droplet is only in my user directory and I need put another copy in the root .ssh directory or is it one system directory.

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