How to Change Your Password

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Bluemoon 1>

Type "passwd yourlogin" (without the "" quotation marks and substitute your login name for "yourlogin")

We'll use the login name "test" in our example:

Bluemoon 1>passwd test
Changing local password for test.

You are then asked for your present password. Type it in. You won't see it echo, this is a security feature.

Old password:

If the old password was entered correctly it will then ask for the new one which must be typed in identically twice in row to make sure it wasn't typoed:

Enter your new password.
Re-enter new password:
passwd: updating the database...
passwd: done
Bluemoon 2>

After the prompt has returned your password will have been changed.

  • Your password must be from 5 to 20 characters long and is CaSe SeNsItIvE

  • You will ALSO have to change any e-mail configurations to use your new password.

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