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Old 10-09-2004, 01:22 AM   #1
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admin account recovery


hi

i logged into my linux system as root.i open users & groups and was looking around. i noticed that the root account has been given expiration date as no. of days =0.As i was a newbie ,i did not meddle with it.i didn't know how it got selected.so i just logged out to login into my account.
it said 'it was disabled contact system admin'.i tried root account but it said the same thing .Now i can't login into my linux .Can anybody have any suggestions to enable the root account atleast? i'll be very gratefull.
 
Old 10-09-2004, 06:14 AM   #2
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when you get to your lilo or grub prompt on boot, edit the boot command and add a "1" or "single" to it. This will log you into single user mode as root. you should then be able to run "passwd -u root" to reenable the root account, depending on how it was disabled.
 
Old 10-09-2004, 03:01 PM   #3
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if your using grub
type p is you have a password
once you have loaded the grub type e for edit
there will be a list of items choose the line that starts with the kernel
and at the end of the kernel line add single
if this did not work try putting a space before the single
press [enter] to exit
and type b to boot

if you are using lilo
press [ctrl]+[x ]
type 'linux single' without the quotes

type passwd to change the password or password root
then reboot got it?! 3
 
Old 11-04-2004, 09:18 PM   #4
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thanks acid_kewpie and kenji for ur help.Got my account back.
 
Old 02-20-2005, 03:06 AM   #5
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kewpie ,can i close my threads?I think this thread won't go any further.So i thought of closing posts to it and just keep it for viewing.thanks in advance
 
  


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