Today I suspended my computer and left the house for some time. When I came back it didn’t accept my password and said “Ten minutes left to unlock”.
I rebooted and tried to see if I could get in that way, but I am greeted with the same lock screen that will not accept my correct password.
I am very worried now that I will not be able to access my computer, and I have a lot of files that aren’t backed up anywhere else.
Today I completed the latest update. I used pacdiff to deal with a bunch of .pacnew files, but I really don’t understand the process very well so I suppose this could have led to the problem.
In the mean time, is there anyway to access my account?
All the similar issues I see on here suggest making changes to various files, but they all seem able to access their accounts after a reboot, whereas I am simply locked out. Please help!
Usually, this means you have entered a wrong password too many times, but if you have previously worked on pacnew files I suppose you did something wrong. What pacnew files have you tried to fix exactly and how?
I had a message about one during the installation today for mkinitcpio (I think) but when I ran pacdiff I saw I had a lot of them to deal with. I simply overwrite all of them, which I can see now is not what I am supposed to be doing.
It may be the shadow and or passwd file you have changed.
It is possible to boot using a live system.
Then mount the partition manually and restore the backup files.
The backup files are located in /etc side by side with the original. the backups are named
Please verify the content carefully - then coy the backups overwriting the in-use files.
I don’t think the mkinitcpioconf breaks anything unless you have a customized system using lvm, md/raid or luks.
I think I remember shadow being one of the files I changed.
I am not so great with all this stuff so it will take me a while. Is what your saying essentially that I am loading a new Manjaro and then mounting the one I am locked out of?
I am not saying you should reinstall - in fact any live linux can be used - the only thing you have to do is to mount the manjaro root partition from a live system.
Then copy the backup files back to undo the changes you made with the pacnew files.
The rough guide is
- boot a live Linux ISO
- open a root terminal
- mount your root partition
- if you are running a default EFI system the partition will most likely be /dev/sda2 or /dev/nvme0n1p2 (pure guess work)
Replace sdyX with the partition of your system
mount /dev/sdyX /mnt
Move into the etc folder of the mounted partition
compare the content of the backup files with their current equivalents
If you are confident the backups are ok
cp passwd- passwd
cp shadow- shadow
Move out of the partition and unmount the partition
Then remove the stick and reboot
I’ve had that happen to me a couple times only typing my password wrong once. To disable the lock, switch to a TTY, login and run:
sudo faillock --user YOUR_USERNAME --reset
OK I will give this a shot. Thanks a lot for your help.
I tried switching to a tty and still had to enter the login on the command line, and got incorrect login.
Quite shockingly to everyone in my household, myself included, I managed to pull this off. Thanks so much for your help!
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