I am running slitaz distro, and would like to completely remove the root password. I have tried giving a blank password to the
passwd command, however that did not seem to do the trick. It gave me an error password was too short, ans it still asked me for a password when I ssh-ed in. The password was just hiting the “Enter” key.
Perhaps it has to do with the fact that slitaz uses dropbear for ssh? Because even with a blank password for root in
/etc/shadow, it still prompts for a password.
Did you try
passwd -d root? Most likely, this will do what you want.
You can also manually edit
/etc/shadow: (Create a backup copy. Be sure that you can log even if you mess up, for example from a rescue system.) Search for “root”. Typically, the root entry looks similar to
There, delete the second field (everything between the first and second colon):
Save the file, and try logging in as root. It should skip the password prompt. (Like
passwd -d, this is a “no password” solution. If you are really looking for a “blank password”, that is “ask for a password, but accept if the user just presses Enter”, look at the manpage of
mkpasswd, and use
mkpasswd to create the second field for the /etc/shadow.)