Re: Messed up root
Take a live CD with same architecture as your currently machine.
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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