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Old 09-09-2008, 09:12 AM   #1
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Help with root reset

i finally got fedora8 to install after 5 tries. now i try to login as root and i cant seem to. i think i fat fingered the password. is there a way i can change it and with out reloading the OS.
Old 09-09-2008, 09:17 AM   #2
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See the existing threads, for example this.

There are several ways, two first that come to my mind being
- booting into single-user mode which means root login without password on some distributions (some take this way into account and ask a password, some don't); basically add the word "single" to the kernel line of your Linux boot entry in your bootloader
- boot off a live-cd, mount your on-harddisk distribution's root partition and clear the password field of root in /etc/shadow (after this reboot and you should be able to log in as root without password); this is explained in the thread I linked to (and a lot of other places, just search the web and you'll see)


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