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Old 07-25-2006, 03:08 AM   #1
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How to recover the root password?

As I forget the root password, any method or tool can retrieve it?
Old 07-25-2006, 03:16 AM   #2
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You can boot into run level 1 and then change the password for root there, of course that's if you have physical access to the (yours?) machine, if you dont have physical access, i don't think so :P
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See if you can boot up in single mode. Enter single at the boot prompt. If that doesn't work, then enter in the boot parameter "init=/bin/bash". This will boot straight into a bash root shell. Then enter the "passwd" command.
hit enter and it will ask for your new password twice.
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In short: you can't recover it but you can change it booting your machine in single user mode or with some kind of rescue cd.

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Good luck changing your root password, Cheers.


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