Small problem with the terminal | missing asterisks while enter sudo password

I’m not sure if this is the proper section, and if it was already reported. There’s a small problem with the “terminal” that started after doing a dnf update.
Every time that the terminal asks me for a password (sudo), it doesn’t allow me to type in. Like, it gets blocked, and I have to press enter and type fast before the terminal asks again.
It also happens with other “GUI’s”.
Despite that’s what I can do at the moment, is kinda annoying.

Do you have Fedora Workstation or Fedora spin ?
In Fedora Workstation the user is sudoer otherwise you need to use the root password :

Try : sudo su and type the user password … if it said not allowed, you need root password safer
Try : su and type the SuperUser ( root ) password …
And you will know which cmmand & password to use…

On Fedora workstation with user as sudoer you will need to type :
either :
sudo dnf update -y; Enter + user password
sudo su Enter + user password
dnf update -y; Enter + user password

On Fedora spin with distinct user and SuperUser ( root ) you will need to type :
either :
su -c' dnf update -y; ' Enter + user password you can add commands beetween the ’ ’
su Enter + SuperUser ( root ) password;
dnf update -y; Enter + user password you can add commands after the ;

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I’m using Workstation (x86_64). I think it could be that the asterisks aren’t displayed.
By the way, what’s that command for?
I’ve tried recently, and doesn’t work. It still asks for my administration password.

Then you will need to type :
Either :
sudo dnf update -y; Enter + user password
sudo su Enter + user password
dnf update -y; Enter
sudo su -c' dnf update -y; ' Enter + user password you can add commands beetween the ’ ’

Oh, I see what you’re talking. No, the problem is not that I can’t update dnf.

I don’t know how to explain it, but is like: exactly when that message shows (password for user:), I can’t literally write on it (typing my password, which I already know).
This problem started after I used “updated dnf”. Before that, I could type on it without problem.

Sorry … then quite more complicated …
Did you try to type your password in Gedit and copy it then paste it ( CTRL+SHIFT+V ) in the terminal ?

I tried, and doesn’t work :frowning:
It also happens with the accesibility keyboard.
It get’s blocked, and I can only manage to type after pressing enter, before it shows up that I didn’t enter a password.

During the boot procedure can you select a previous version of Fedora ( the second line for instance )
If yes, does it change anything ?

How I can do that?
If you’re talking about the interface version which I am logged (modern gnome, old gnome, gnome with Xorg), it still happens.

Simply reboot and select an older version of your Fedora than the current one,
Sorry for the picture I found it on the web…

If it works I would simply dnf clean packages; dnf clean all; dnf -y update; dnf -y upgrade; reboot;

@geplinux ok ok, but, how? I need to press a key before starting the computer? or I need to put a command to reboot and select the version?

Sorry I’m not on my Fedora I’ve just started it not avalaible as I have a script forcing update at starting up… ( I’ll send you Fedora’s screenshot soon ) but that is the same with RHEL but older kernel…

Firtst you need to check if you have diffrents version of kernel :

rpm -qa kernel\*

Here we can see that we have there is 3 core left :

rpm -qa kernel\* | grep core

( For info : You can chose the limit of kernel to keep and chose to keep one kernel

installonly_limit=5; dnf mark install kernel-I-Want-to-keep;

But that is not the purpose of this thread :slight_smile: )

@geplinux I will share screenshots later (Right now I’m not at my computer), because i’m not sure what kernel should I choose.

After that, I have to use the grub menu, right?

Exactly, you are right : during the starting up GRUB asks you which version to start…

In my case I will use Fedora Linux (5.17.12-300.fc36.x86_64) 36 (Workstation Edition) Just the previous one ( not to old )

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@geplinux Hi again. I managed to access grub. I could only change back to a very recent kernel.

Is the one saying (5.17.5).
Unfortunately, the problem still persists :confused: So it must be another thing from the system.

Here’s a capture from the terminal, btw:

Captura desde 2022-06-28 20-33-56

Ok, I gess I do understand your problem … As i can see, you are coming from a debian based Linux
(You wrote several times apt).

You want the asterisks back when you type in the password … that you can count how many characters you typed in already, right?

This should solve your problem:

Some Linux operating systems do not show this asterisks by default. If you have someone behind you while typing the password the amount of characters can be counted. This gives a hint of your password length.


@ilikelinux OMG, thanks! It works (finally).
I never hear about that fact (at least, from videos). I find it kinda confusing for new users.
As you can guess, I came from Ubuntu (Mint) and rarely I touched the terminal for some things.

BTW, welcome to ask.:fedora:edora @unnepad

I started with LMDE from Linux Mint. It takes a while till you get used with dnf and the other fedora/RHEL tools. But as soon you get used you will not want to go back to Mint.

About apt, you could make you an alias like
alias apt="dnf --help"
and put this to you ~/.bashrc file on the end. So every-time you type apt it will give you the overview of the dnf command to remind you that you are on Fedora Linux :grinning:

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I wrote “apt” because it was just to test the “sudo” part of the command :smile:
Anyways, thanks. Fedora looks promising, tbh.

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