Default Username/Password

Mallikarjuna Rao mallik at
Tue Oct 21 15:38:48 UTC 2008

Hi Owen,

Thanks for the info. But to enter "adduser" command, I dont have a terminal
window. I'm blocked at the username screen which i get when i boot the
ubuntu linux. And the username was not created yet. Let me know if i'm
missing something.
Thanks & Regards,


On Mon, Oct 20, 2008 at 8:33 PM, Owen Townend <owen.townend at>wrote:

> 2008/10/21 steve <sfreilly at>:
> [snip]
> >
> > no explanation as to why you werent asked for a username or password,
> > maybe you forgot? but heres how to correct it.
> >
> > boot to the grub screen, watch closely, you will have to press escape
> > key to get there.  choose recovery kernel.  in the menu, choose drop to
> > root shell.  use the command useradd followed by the username you want
> > to add.  then the command passwd followed by the username you just
> > created to create the password.  reboot, and login.
> [snip]
> Especially as you (OP) sound new to Ubuntu, use `adduser` instead of
> `useradd` and it will prompt you for a password and other details in a
> much more friendly way.
> As the man page states:
> "useradd is a low level utility for adding users. On Debian,
> administrators should usually use adduser(8) instead."
> cheers,
> Owen.
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