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Old 07-29-2006, 03:11 AM   #1
michshelly
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forgot root password


Hi,

I've forgotten my root password. What can I do?

I have tried several times. Will these mean I am locked at for good as the root user?

If the other user that I have created has no restrictions could I perhaps make that user the root?

Your input would be most welcome! Thanks
 
Old 07-29-2006, 03:19 AM   #2
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You need to boot into runlevel 1 (keep keep entering 1 when the lilo or grub show up). Once you are in runlevel 1, run the passwd command. If you let us know what distro you are using, we can provide more detailed info.
 
Old 07-29-2006, 03:23 AM   #3
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Hi Reddaz

I am using Fedora Core 2 version 2.10.??

Thanks. I shall try what you said.

How many times can I try a password before it locks me out?
thanks

Michshelly

Last edited by michshelly; 07-29-2006 at 03:38 AM.
 
Old 07-29-2006, 03:38 AM   #4
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more specifically, when grub shows up, press "a" to append to the kernel command and add " single" to the end

then run passwd in single-user mode
 
Old 07-29-2006, 05:14 AM   #5
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Hi Spooon and Reddaz

I did it !!! Thank you both so much. I also looked at a few other similar posts and one of the links. thanks again.

By the way here's another question if I can rack your brains

I have FD2.6.10 and FD2 2.5.7

Can I delete or uninstall 2.5.7 or the other?

Thanks again for your help

Michshelly
 
Old 07-29-2006, 07:41 AM   #6
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If you mean you have 2 kernels, then yes you can uninstall the old one. Just do something like
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#rpm -qa | grep -i kernel
a list of kernels will be printed out, uninstall the one you don't need by doing something like,
Code:
#rpm -e kernel-{version}
 
Old 07-29-2006, 07:46 AM   #7
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Thanks mate!
 
  


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