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Old 12-09-2008, 04:27 PM   #1
waltjones40
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Recover user name under Ubuntu


I created an Ubuntu virtual machine with VMWare and haven't used it for a while and I've forgotten my user name. Is there a way to recover it. I can boot to single user and log in as root, but would like to recover files I made when I was actively testing the Distro.
 
Old 12-09-2008, 04:37 PM   #2
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Have a look at /etc/passwd - I'm sure you'll recognise yourself ...
Won't help with the password for that user itself but "passwd" can fix that.
 
Old 12-09-2008, 05:32 PM   #3
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You can access all user files as root in any Linux distribution. If all you want is a Graphic environment, create a new user in single mode with command: useradd or adduser. Then as root in a shell, you can retract all files from the old user's account and kill it.
 
Old 12-10-2008, 12:10 PM   #4
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Thanks, I knew about /etc/passwd from Slackware I wasn't sure if it would work. Ubuntu is so Windowsy that I didn't think it would work. Still having trouble adapting to having to us SU in a terminal to get things done.
 
  


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