This chapter answers some of the most common questions about
using Red Hat Enterprise Linux that you may ask as you become more
familiar with it. From recovering forgotten passwords to
troubleshooting package installation problems, this chapter guides
you step-by-step through some common tasks to get you on your
Localhost Login and Password
I have installed Red Hat Enterprise Linux.
After rebooting, I get a message telling me it needs a localhost
login and password. What are these?
Unless you specified a hostname for your computer, or received
that information from a network connection, your Red Hat Enterprise
Linux installation names your machine localhost.localdomain by default.
When you get to that initial prompt, it is asking you to log in
to your system. If you created a user account with the Setup Agent, you can log in using that username
and password. If you did not create a user account, then you can
log in as the super user, also known as root. The root password is the system
password you assigned during installation.
It is highly recommended that you create at least one user
account for regular use of your Red Hat Enterprise Linux system.
You can create a new user after logging in as root with the
User Manager graphical tool or the
useradd shell prompt utility. For more
information, refer to Section 1.6 Creating a User