I want to report the following problem.
I wanted to create an account "guest", with password "guest" on my private machine,
under VL 5.9 gold. I used VASM:
menu > system > VASM; I selected "super", typed the root password, then "user", then
"add", and finally could type the new username, and twice its password. I then exited
carefully from VASM.
After half a minute a small window popped up, informing me that the new account was
created. So far, so good.
Then I opened a console (under my ordinary user account), typed "su guest", was asked for
the password; I typed it, and... the login was refused ! (with a "sorry" message and a smiley).
I tried three times with the same result: so no mistyping can be invoked.
I then typed "su" and the root password, to inspect the file /etc/shadow and I discovered that
in the "guest" line, the crypted password was replaced by a "!" character.
where have guest's password gone ?
I could easily get out of trouble: editing /etc/shadow (as root), and removed this infamous "!"
character (leaving a zero-length sting in its place). Then, in another console I could type
"su guest" and enter the account without any password; then, from inside, I finally changed
it (using the "passwd" command).
So the problem is solved, but what the hell did happen ? Did I do something wrong ? or is
there some undocumented security measure at work here ?
Apart from this small problem, VL5.9 gold is a pleasure to use !
Old pentium 3 @ 700 MHz, 384 Mo ram