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Re: [SLE] Lost root
  • From: damien.selles@xxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Mon, 1 Mar 2004 18:21:30 +0100
  • Message-id: <OF430319BB.E812721D-ONC1256E4A.005EACD5-C1256E4A.005F5A68@xxxxxxxxxxxx>

One solution can be:

- boot on any other device than your harddisk..
boot on the SLES CD in rescue mode... boot on any linux boot floppy..
- mount the FS of your disk that contains the /etc directory data
- vi the file /etc/shadow
- you should have a line root:XXXX:something... where XXXX stands for your
crypted root password
- remove the XXXX
- restart your box and this time boot on you HardDisk
- at the prompt type "root", no password should be requested
- And do not forget to create a new password.


Janus Sandsgaard
01/03/2004 17:40 suse-linux-e@xxxxxxxx

[SLE] Lost root


Hi there

Geeee.... :-/

At work we have a Linux box running SuSE 9.0 Personal. We have forgotten
root password and now need to change the default OS in Grub.

How do sysadm. change root password?


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