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Offline dhinds

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Surprising Upgrade
« on: October 23, 2016, 04:42:48 pm »
Although my intention was to do a fresh installation (I was no longer able to boot into my Sparky Ultra Openbox) and figured I'd save some time by installing Sparky Multimedia 4.4.  I installed over the same partitions (/, /home and swap), which recovered and upgraded everything.

The root partition was reformatted but the home partition wasn't.

I'm running the lxpanel above and the xfce4-panel below and everything's working better than ever.

One thing I want to do though is recreate a root/administrative user and password (as I had originally), since the user password is very simple.
« Last Edit: October 23, 2016, 04:50:52 pm by dhinds »

Offline pavroo

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Re: Surprising Upgrade
« Reply #1 on: October 23, 2016, 05:34:36 pm »
To change your password, type:
Code: [Select]
passwdand type your present password, then twice new one.

To change root password, type:
Code: [Select]
sudo suand type your present password, then
Code: [Select]
passwdand twice new root password.
« Last Edit: October 23, 2016, 05:39:39 pm by pavroo »
Nothing is easy as it looks.

Offline dhinds

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Re: Surprising Upgrade
« Reply #2 on: October 23, 2016, 06:40:06 pm »
To change your password, type:
Code: [Select]
passwdand type your present password, then twice new one.

To change root password, type:
Code: [Select]
sudo suand type your present password, then
Code: [Select]
passwdand twice new root password.

Thanks Pavroo. As always, I receive rapid, concise and complete responses when needed. Sparky is tops!

Offline randalhoctor

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Re: Surprising Upgrade
« Reply #3 on: October 29, 2016, 04:45:49 am »
I've had an experience after this last round of upgrades his week.

My "user" lost all root access privileges. So, I couldn't launch Synaptic, gparted, and grub customizer.

So I learned how to give user sudoers temp root by edit of visudo (I hate nano btw and so exported to Leafpad

Then I learned to edit /etc/passwd to give user root level powers by editing to change UID and GID to 0. (Yes. I made an additional backup)

So, I learned a lot, but still can't get "user" to show up in LightDM menu AND in terminal can't get down to a regular $ state. Any ideas?

Offline pavroo

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Re: Surprising Upgrade
« Reply #4 on: October 29, 2016, 02:00:45 pm »
You do not need to edit anything.
There was an issue with 'policykit-1-gnome' 0.105-4.
I uploaded from Sid version 0.105-5 to sparky repos so upgrade the package and reboot.
Nothing is easy as it looks.

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Re: Surprising Upgrade
« Reply #5 on: October 29, 2016, 06:02:37 pm »
Some Sparky desktops need manuall fixing http://sparkylinux.org/authentication-agent-issue/
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