ROFL!! Operator error, of course! Serves me right for taking bad advice...
During my youth, a formidable geek many years my elder advised that I should always enter my passwords with capslock on, so that somebody watching me might get the keystrokes but still be unable to correctly enter the password. I thought it sounded hokey at the time, but I was just a dumb kid, so I took his advice.
I know, of course, that it's a good idea to combine upper and lower case letters with numerals and symbols in a password, so I do that. My password is (not really, but this is a strict analogue):2p7Hx5^
(shift for h and caret)
Entered with capslock on, of course, that becomes:2P7hX5^
But things get interesting when you combine capslock with remote control. You can't change the capslock status of the remote machine; it's always in whatever state you left it. On my live CD, it was off. Now see what happened when I tried to enter my password remotely:2P7HX5^
remote capslock off, LOCAL ON
Every letter entered on the remote machine was capital; the local shift key had no effect! I noticed this when I tried typing my password into a text document, and the light came on. I turned off capslock on the local (controlling) machine, knowing it was off on the live system, then manually capitalized the P and X. Voila! The password worked.
It's especially funny because I've been trying to convince my niece and nephew that taking bad advice may not cause trouble right away; I had no problem with that capslock-password silliness until now, and I'm past 50. But sooner or later, those bad habits always catch up with ya...
Anyway, I've now changed the passwords on all my computers (and my latest remaster) so I enter them without capslock. In other news:
- specifying the keyboard layout in mylivecd doesn't bypass the boot-time prompt, unless my syntax was wrong. I used --keyboard dvorak-us.
- specifying GZIP rather than LZMA compression cut the time needed (by my 3-watt processor) to image the system from 90 minutes to 20, while expanding the ISO file from 670 megabytes to 1460. The computer does run more responsively from the less-compressed live disk, so for low-powered processors this is a good option.
Sorry to have wasted your time with my stupidity. I'll try not to do that again.