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Old 07-29-2003, 11:55 PM   #1
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[RHL 9.0] - Deleted all users, now I can't log in - PLEASE HELP!

I deleted all my users, and now I can't log in. What do I do?

Thanks for your time!
Old 07-30-2003, 12:32 AM   #2
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Let me rephrase that question:

Can someone please tell me how to create a new Administrator (via my Red Hat boot disk, possibly?)
Old 08-01-2003, 03:17 PM   #3
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reboot your system into single mode and add/remove users to your liking. You should not have to use the EBD. but you can.
With lilo-> Pass the parm: `linux single' when you boot up.
If you are using grub:
(This worked for me, but I don't have a standard config, LFS is great)
bootup-select the linux boot option but press 'e' NOT enter!
edit the kernel line then append single to the end of the line *not a new line*
when done press 'b' to boot the system.

Once you are in single mode, you may useradd root back in, edit your passwd file by hand 'root:x:0:0:root:/root:/bin/bash' is what you need, then change root's passwd by 'passwd root' follow the prompts and you should be OK.

Unless /etc/passwd is gone, or a null file then get one from a identical, or verry simmilar system and reset passwords.

if you can, read LAME

Things not to do:
#rm -rf /
#rm /etc/passwd
don't root around!
Hope I helped.
Old 08-01-2003, 08:48 PM   #4
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Thanks, man. Worked like a charm.


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