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

On Sun, 23 Jul 2000, Corry Opdenakker wrote:

> yes, but there is one additional problem: Currently I'm not logged on as
> root.

If you can boot from install CD, there should be a shell session
on some virtual console ( probably second ) with root's privileges.
You can mount your root device under /mnt or elsewhere and follow
the instructions given by Mark.


        Lukasz Walewski
        Centrum Onkologii Instytut

> -----Original Message-----
> From: broonie@sirena.org.uk [mailto:broonie@sirena.org.uk]On Behalf Of
> Mark Brown
> Sent: Sunday, July 23, 2000 13:38
> To: 'debian-user@lists.debian.org'
> Subject: 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.
> -- 
> Mark Brown  mailto:broonie@tardis.ed.ac.uk   (Trying to avoid grumpiness)
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