[xubuntu-users] need help for logging into xubuntu 13.10

Fred Roller fredroller66 at gmail.com
Sun Mar 16 13:22:59 UTC 2014

On 03/16/2014 03:26 AM, som wrote:
> hi fred,
> Have you tried clearing your password [assuming you use one] from the /etc/shadow file to see if it is an authentication issue?
>> Fred
> no, i did not. actually never heard of it. have no idea how to do that. i will do some googling. thanks for the advice
> regards,
> som
> -
copy file. JIC ;)

sudo cp /etc/shadow /etc/shadow.BAK

Open the /etc/shadow file in an editor such as vi from command line:

sudo vi /etc/shadow

and find your user name.  Each line is a colon delineated list and your 
password is the second item.


delete the password only, leaving the colons in place.


save and exit. Password has been removed, try to login from login screen.

further reading here:


Hope it helps, good luck


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