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The Password for your CCRMA Account

Your CCRMA User Account is identified by a user name (aka “login” aka “login name” aka “account name”) such as matt or networth, and it has a secret password that only you should know.

How to log in using your user name and password

Log into any CCRMA Workstation in person.

Log into most CCRMA computers remotely, for example from home during the COVID-19 pandemic.

How to change your password

To change your password please:

  1. Think of a good new password that will be both secure and easy to remember.

  2. Log into any CCRMA workstation (as described above)

  3. At the command prompt enter the command passwd

  4. It will ask you to enter your old password (as a security precaution)

     Changing password for matt.
     Old Password:
  5. It will ask you to enter your new password

     New Password:
  6. It will ask you to enter your new password a second time (in case you made a typo)

     Retype New Password:
  7. If the two entries of your new password don’t match, you will see passwd: try again and indeed you should try again.

(This old system guide about passwords also contains some good suggestions.)

What to do if you forget your password

You will need to get help from a System Administrator. If you can meet in person then the sysadmin will first verify your identity then allow you to type in your chosen new password (twice). Otherwise you should email them to arrange an appointment when you can communicate securely; you will first verify your identity then tell the sysadmin a new temporary password; the sysadmin will set your password to the temporary one and then you should follow the instructions above to change it to something nobody else knows.

In general the sysadmins don’t, can’t, and don’t want to know your password.


This page of CCRMA documentation updated Tue May 19 12:08:34 PDT 2020 by matt.