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Old 10-01-2003, 10:06 PM   #1
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Password problems....

I have a small web server which formerly had Slack 8.1 installed. It has a custom kernel because of the SCSI subsystem.

I upgraded all packages to 9.0 using SWARET, excluding the kernel, lilo, kde, qt and xfree86. All went well with installing the packages and resolving the dependencies until I logged out.

I shell into this machine from another using ssh.

When I tried to shell back in, it recognized the username but not the password. I have not rebooted or restarted the server since the upgrade.

1-Do I need to reboot the server to "initialize" the upgrade?

2-If I boot to a rescue disk, is there a way to reset the root password?

Thanks for the help. I enjoy reading this forum.

Old 10-01-2003, 11:22 PM   #2
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Is this a solution?

At the lilo prompt, type....

init S

...which will drop me into a single-user shell. I can then issue....


....and change the password.

Or, boot from a rescue disk; mount the /etc partition rw; and edit /etc/shadow (deleting everything between "root :" and the next ":").

Does init S work with Slack?

If not, I can accomplish the second remedy. I will let you know in the morning how it worked.



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