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Old 03-07-2005, 07:52 AM   #1
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forgot root password

i m novice to linux.. i installed linux a few days back and now i forgot the root password.. is there any way to crack linux.. plz i want a detailed answer cuz i know very liitle about linux..
Old 03-07-2005, 08:10 AM   #2
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Someone jsut posted something about this a couple of weeks ago. if you search it will be there.

the short answer is:
* download gentoo live cd
* boot up system
* mount you hard drive
* chroot that partition
* change password (passwd)
* reboot

Old 03-07-2005, 09:05 AM   #3
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If you use Grub:

1) When the Grub prompt comes up, choose your OS and press the 'a' key (to append the Grub entry)
2) Go to the end of the line and add a '1' to the end of it (this boots to single user mode)
3) When you get to the bash prompt, type 'passwd root' and enter a new password
4) After changing th epassword, type 'logout' and your system will reboot.
Old 03-07-2005, 02:05 PM   #4
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You probably don't have to download Gentoo Live CD. I guess that one of your distribution CD's is Live CD.
Also, on newer distros thing that TruckStuff suggested won't work. In that case you can try deleting line that begins "root" from /etc/passwd and/or /etc/shadow.
NOTE: save backup of those files.
Old 03-08-2005, 02:44 PM   #5
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Here's a thread with a similar problem. I gave pretty detailed instructions on how to blank out the root password.


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