Installation is impossible if no root account exists

Asked by Greg Williams on 2019-07-31

To get a scanner working in Debian 10, HP (unfortunately) requires a proprietary plugin. It is advised by hp-plugin to not run with sudo privilege. Yet when running "hp-plugin" on Debian 10 (Buster), installation is impossible if no root account exists. The hp-plugin installation of the proprietary plugin requires/assumes that a root account exists. But like Ubuntu, Debian can be installed without a root account (i.e., sudo is used instead). Because the hp-plugin installation process of the proprietary plugin requires a password be entered for the "root" account (and no root account exists), installation is impossible.

To recreate:
-enter at command line (no quotes) (no sudo): hp-plugin
-follow prompts
-you will be presented with prompt to enter password for "root" account (but no root account exists on the machine and the prompt does not permit one to change the username)

It seems to me that this process should allow one to input the "username/account" for which one is typing a password.

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shivani mandora (shivani1708) said : #1

Hi Greg,

You should provide username and password at the time of distro installation.
Please add account with fresh installation and check again.
If you face any issue after that please let me know.


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