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Re: Messed up root



Take a live CD with same architecture as your currently machine.
D
chroot is one solution ... i think you need to do that from knoppix live
cd if the architecture is the same as your machine ; knoppix is i386 so
If your machine is i386 or amd64 with mutiarch will work

boot the live cd 

open a terminal as root 

create the partiontable on /mnt directory of the live Cd 

for instance / partion as /mnt and home partition as /mnt/home and etc. 

now mount the devices of your HDD to /mnt/  i.e. for / partion 

mount /dev/sda1 /mnt/ 


alright , as we go now ... 

chroot /mnt/ /bin/bash

and now is on your debian 

and you can change the owner to root ... 

chown -hR root /etc 



On Mon, Nov 26, 2012 at 04:43:29PM -0800, Gary Roach wrote:
> I've done the unthinkable. I accidentally changed root to qroot in
> my /etc/passwd file and then proceeded to log out of root. All of
> the files in /etc were changed to owner qroot and the root password
> doesn't work any more. I have a new Knoppix CD and a new Debian
> network install CD. Can I use either of these to edit the passwd
> file and correct the problem. If so, how.
> 
> Thanks in advance
> 
> Gary R.
> 
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