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password not working in synaptic but works in term [SOLVED]

Postby reedb on Mon Apr 18, 2011 11:39 am

The synaptic package manager isn't accepting the correct password.

Maybe I was typing it wrong. So, I typed my password and saved it in a file. Then I copied it to the clipboard. And pasted it into the following programs:

1. In Terminal I ran "sudo su" and pasted the password in. The password was accepted.
2. I then ran the Synaptic Package Manger and when it asked for my password I pasted it in. But, it didn't accept the password.

Anyone have any thoughts on why Synaptic didn't accept the password?
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Re: password not working in synaptic but works in terminal

Postby viking777 on Mon Apr 18, 2011 12:02 pm

reedb wrote:The synaptic package manager isn't accepting the correct password.

Maybe I was typing it wrong. So, I typed my password and saved it in a file. Then I copied it to the clipboard. And pasted it into the following programs:

1. In Terminal I ran "sudo su" and pasted the password in. The password was accepted.
2. I then ran the Synaptic Package Manger and when it asked for my password I pasted it in. But, it didn't accept the password.

Anyone have any thoughts on why Synaptic didn't accept the password?


I can't explain that at all, very strange.

Have you tried software manager instead (mintinstall)? It is not much of a substitute for synaptic I know, but what I was thinking is that you could use it to remove synaptic then reinstall it again to see if that brings it to life. (It may take out some dependencies with it so you would have to make a note of them and reinstall those along with synaptic).

Alternatively you could just use the command line

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sudo apt-get remove synaptic


Not sure if this is going to fix it though.
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Re: password not working in synaptic but works in terminal

Postby reedb on Mon Apr 18, 2011 1:30 pm

Hi viking777,

Thank you. Will try this when I get home later tonight.
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Re: password not working in synaptic but works in terminal

Postby Gort on Mon Apr 18, 2011 5:23 pm

I am not sure if this will help but I have to type the root password when using the synaptic package manager. When I do things like user management etc, I can type my password. (I am in sudoers).
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Re: password not working in synaptic but works in terminal

Postby mads on Mon Apr 18, 2011 5:43 pm

I think sometime in the past you have run 'sudo passwd root' command.
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Re: password not working in synaptic but works in terminal

Postby Gort on Mon Apr 18, 2011 5:50 pm

That is true for me. I did activate the root account.
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Re: password not working in synaptic but works in terminal

Postby reedb on Mon Apr 18, 2011 5:55 pm

Hi

I tried what mads suggested and it worked. I can now run Synaptic.
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$ sudo passwd root
Enter new UNIX password:
Retype new UNIX password:
passwd: password updated successfully
brian@julia / $ su
Password:
/usr/bin/mint-fortune: line 35: [: ==: unary operator expected
julia / #


Thank you to all.
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