Re: Login help
Evan Storer wrote:
I just got a computer from work that was used by someone a few years
ago which runs Debian, and I can't do anything with it since I don't
know any usernames or passwords or anything. Is there some kind of
override to get past the login screen so I can set up my own account?
Any help would be great.
It says I'm running "Debian GNU/Linux 3.0 ethel tty1" if that
information is necessary.
Is it booting with GRUB or LILO?
You can send the kernel an argument for whatever init you want (e.g. 1)
by just appending it to the argument list. That will get you root
access as long as GRUB/LILO isn't password protected. If they are, you
can try booting from a Debian CD (or Knoppix) and change the password
for root. That will work if the BIOS isn't password protected.
Otherwise, you'll have to take the drive out, put it in another
computer, and reset the password by hand.
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