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Old 06-09-2014, 05:41 PM   #1
CoffeeCraft
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Lost Root Password


Hello, I am entirely a newbie to Linux, and I have been forgotten my root password. I have googled lost root password, but I have been unable to get the tutorials to work. They all talk about 'Single User Mode,' which I have unable to enter. I took this video of the computer starting up. I hope it will give you enough specs about the computer.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QqSr...ature=youtu.be
 
Old 06-10-2014, 12:59 AM   #2
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At your lilo boot prompt, type in:
Code:
linux single
press enter

You should get to a root prompt (#) and then you can change the password with:
Code:
passwd
Hope it helps!

PS; this only works if your root(/) partition is unencrypted.

Last edited by coralfang; 06-10-2014 at 01:00 AM.
 
Old 06-10-2014, 05:30 AM   #3
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You didn't tell your distro.
 
Old 06-10-2014, 10:30 AM   #4
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Thanks for the speedy reply. I don't know what a distro is, sorry, but coralfangs solution worked fine.

Thanks!
 
Old 06-10-2014, 03:09 PM   #5
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You could have also used sudo from an appropriate user to reset your root password.
 
Old 06-11-2014, 06:09 AM   #6
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Quote:
Originally Posted by eklavya View Post
You didn't tell your distro.
They are using redhat 6.2 on the machine, i noticed it on the tty welcome message.
 
  


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