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Old 01-21-2010, 11:00 AM   #1
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Recovery of root password

When accessing terminal; it keeps asking me for my root do I find it? I don't remember it; all the passwords that I thought were the right ones did not work. When I typed password after root password, nothing showed as I typed. Any ideas?
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you would have set that in the initial install. As far as I know, there's no way to get it.
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What OS / version? Depending on your system and how it's configured, you may be able to reset root's password. But there is no way to "recover" it (short of brute forcing the hash).
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You can reset it using a live CD as well, just mount the HDD, login as root in the live CD, edit '/etc/shadow' and change the root entry by deleting the second field separated by colons. So from something like 'root:????:' to 'root::'.

The other ways are listed here:

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Old 01-21-2010, 02:14 PM   #6
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You could boot into single user mode from Grub, that may dump you into a shell as root without asking for a password, but some OS's have even removed that ability and still require a password.

Have you tried sudo? If your account has sudo privilege, then try "sudo bash" and you could get root access that way then reset the password. Usually you will not see anything when you reset it using the passwd command.
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Look at my reply to the more recent thread, "forgot root username n password"
Old 01-23-2010, 11:26 PM   #8
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Thanks for all of your help--I formatted HD and re-installed Linux Ubuntu 9.1


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