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RE: Cannot Login

> From: Raquel [mailto:raquel@thericehouse.net]
> Sent: Wednesday, August 19, 2009 5:18 PM
> I have an odd problem that's developed, and have spent all afternoon
> trying to figure out what's going on. My web server (running Lenny) is
> running and serving pages. However, I cannot login to the server via
> SSH or at the console, which means that I cannot apply updates, change
> configuration, or even get in to figure out what's going on.
> Any ideas on what happened or on how to get in?  I have access to the
> physical machine.

Boot from a Live or Rescue CD, mount your / partition, edit the /etc/shadow
file, and delete the password for root.  Reboot without the CD, and login
with root with no password.  Immediately create a password with the "passwd"

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