Solaris Advanced User's Guide

Logging In

A standard work session is the interval between the time you log in to the system and the time you log out. The SunOS multiuser environment requires that you identify yourself each time you want to use the system. Your login name (also known as a user name or an account) serves as your identity to the system and to other users on the system. Your password restricts use of your account to you. If you don't already have a login name and password, ask your system administrator to set up an account for you. After you have this information, you are ready to log in.

Before you log in to the system, your screen should look similar to the following:

hostname console login:

Type the login name given to you by the system administrator and press the Return key. For example, if your login name is spanky, type:

hostname console login: spanky

and press Return. Next, the system requests your password as follows:

hostname console login: spanky

Type your password at the prompt and press Return. If your account does not have a password assigned to it, the system logs you in without asking you for a password. Note that the system does not display (echo) your password on the screen as you type it. The failure to display your password helps to prevent others from discovering your password.