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I Forgot My Root Password


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#1 quinnteq

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Posted 03 July 2008 - 09:40 PM

I forgot my root password, how do i recover it?

I've tried booting into single user mode in GRUB, but it still asks me for the password to do maintenance. Then, i press ctrl-D to continue, and it just boots up GNOME... i don't get a root command prompt to change the password at all. How do i change the password?

OH, sorry, i am running Debian Etch.

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Posted 04 July 2008 - 12:14 AM

This should get you right again.
http://www.debiantutorials.org/content/view/223/286/

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Posted 04 July 2008 - 11:21 PM

Ok, i did that... but now, it wont let me type anything into the field. It says

Enter new UNIX password:

but then it wont let me type anything.

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Posted 04 July 2008 - 11:52 PM

For security reasons you will not see anything being typed.
Prevents "shoulder surfing".
Just type the password, press Enter and it will ask you to type it again.

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Posted 08 July 2008 - 10:28 AM

Thanks to the heads-up to my little site, raw.

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Posted 08 July 2008 - 06:31 PM

No problem, great resources you got there. Shame it's all Debian. :thumbsup:
J/K ... it's good to have you here, your knowledge will help out a great deal since
I have about {--} that much experience with Deb. We would install it with SSH only
at the DC and all the rest was up to the customer. We provided NO support
unless customer wanted to use "Professional Services"! At $150 an hour we didn't see
much action on the Deb servers.
And if no one said it - Welcome to BC :flowers:

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Posted 10 July 2008 - 05:06 PM

Use knoppix, it's worked for me in the past. Haven't used this particular how-to, but it looks good.

http://www.howtoforge.com/how-to-reset-a-f...rd-with-knoppix




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