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Re: howto reset root password with setup disk (or some other way)



On Sun, Jul 23, 2000 at 01:13:15PM +0200, Corry Opdenakker wrote:

> does anyone know how I can reset the password for root?
> A while a go someone told me that this is possible by using the install-boot
> disc or cd's.

Delete the second field from root's entry in /etc/passwd (/etc/shadow if 
you're using shadow passwords - you'll have an "x" in the passwd file if
you are).  This will remove root's password, and you can reset it using
passwd.  

A safer thing to do is to generate a new crypted password and directly 
replace the password, but unless you're on-line when you do this I
wouldn't worry about it.

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Mark Brown  mailto:broonie@tardis.ed.ac.uk   (Trying to avoid grumpiness)
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