After I issue the command " ./splunk edit user admin -password foo -role admin -auth admin:changeme" this seems to actually clear the password instead of resetting it. In other words, even after I log out of the host and log back in, I am no longer prompted for a username and password.
Is this supposed to happen?
It doesn't bother me too much because only root has permission to run the splunk command line tool anyway. And the password change does take effect on the Atom server on port 8089.
Splunk is not actually clearing the password - the " ./splunk edit user admin -password foo -role admin -auth admin:changeme" is only for use when the password is the default post-install "admin/changeme". When the command is run, the " -auth admin:changeme" parameters authenticate the user, and the authentication is cached for a period of time. At the same time, the command changes the password and updates the $SPLUNK_HOME/etc/passwd file.