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PostPosted: Sun Feb 26, 2017 4:29 pm    Post subject: can't switch to root during install [solved] Reply with quote

It's been a long time since I've used gentoo and I've never used a stage 3 cd. I'm doing the minimal install. The problem I'm having is that after I select my kernel the installion guide says it will automatically switch to a root prompt, instead I'm getting livecd. Also no matter how many tries and switching passwords I get the message that my passwords don't match.

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PostPosted: Sun Feb 26, 2017 4:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

mystified,

When you boot the liveCD, it leaves you at a red # prompt.
That's the root prompt.

The user prompt is a green $ but there are no normal users defined on the liveCD.

As a test, try
Code:
cat /etc/shadow

Only root is permitted to do that. Other users will get
Code:
$ cat /etc/shadow
cat: /etc/shadow: Permission denied 

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PostPosted: Sun Feb 26, 2017 4:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

thanks. that worked
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