System Log In

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TODO: {{#todo:Buggy (11.25.13-13:30->KY+);(11.25.13->18:50->MD+);|Klint Youngmeyer|oe 4,oe 5,ky,buggy,md}}

This page needs to be reworked. The SSH section should show the users how to make good use of SSH. There may be other content for this already, and if so, it can probably be merged into here. Basically, it should also show:

  • How to copy files over ssh (scp)
  • How to remotely execute commands on a system via ssh: ssh user@host "my_command -args file"
  • How to use sshpass to automate tasks over ssh(?) We'll have to think about this one.

The login process, otherwise, is pretty straightforward. We probably don't really need a page describing how to enter a username and password, but if we have to have one, we should probably note that it's normal to not see any output while typing in a password at a Linux login prompt. That seems to be the thing that throws the most people.

The next step after establishing a physical connection to the board is logging in. EMAC OE Linux allows login from getty, SSH (Secure Shell) and Telnet. A getty uses the serial connection or console while SSH and Telnet utilize a network connection.

In addition to the root account, a user account with limited system permissions is also enabled by default. The default login and password are shown in Table 4 below.

Table 4: Default Login Credentials
Username Password
root emac_inc
user emac_inc


If you have established a serial connection with the board, the login prompt should be visible in the terminal application on the workstation similar to what is shown below.

EMAC OpenEmbedded Linux 4.0 (stable-2009)
Some code contained within Copyright 2008-2011 EMAC, Inc.

emac 2009-stable emac-oe ttyS0

emac-oe login:


For an SSH connection, you will need an SSH client application. An SSH client is included by default on most desktop Linux distributions and other operating systems, but is not included on Windows. EMAC recommends using PuTTY for an SSH client on Windows workstations.

The command line SSH client syntax to log in to a system is ssh user@host. For example, to log in as root to a system with the IP address, you would use the following command:

developer@ldc:~$ ssh root@
root@'s password:

SSH uses key pairs to authenticate identity and perform encryption. If the remote host's key is not recognized in the SSH known hosts list or if it changes, the SSH client will print a warning and require confirmation to continue. If this is the first connection attempt to this system, you will most likely see a message about the host key not being recognized similar to the following:

The authenticity of host '[] ([])' can't be established.
RSA key fingerprint is 5f:cc:f3:25:9d:37:89:bd:94:fc:74:a0:eb:55:a9:6a.
Are you sure you want to continue connecting (yes/no)? yes
Warning: Permanently added '[]' (RSA) to the list of known hosts.

To connect to the system using PuTTY under Windows, follow the steps outlined in the PuTTY documentation. PuTTY will also warn if the host key is not recognized in a way similar to the SSH command line client under Linux as described above.

Next Steps

After you have logged into the system, user accounts may be configured.