Dumb question - forgotten root password

Jody Storme jlstorme at gmail.com
Wed Jul 26 15:16:29 UTC 2006

On Wed, 2006-07-26 at 09:00 -0400, Dave Cannell wrote:
> I've forgotten my password for root (still getting used to this kubuntu
> stuff).  Is there any way to find out what it is or (alternatively)
> rebuild the system withOUT destroying what's already on there?
> Thanks, Dave

Hi Dave,

You should be able to change you root password by logging in with your
normal user account and running 'sudo passwd' in a terminal (Note that
when sudo prompts for a password it wants your user password, NOT the
root password).

Unfortunately if for some reason you don't have a user account with sudo
access you'll need to boot from a live CD (such as the kubuntu-desktop
install CD) and then mount your hard disk, chroot into it and run
'passwd' from there.

Cheers, Jody

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