[ubuntu-uk] The need for root in a rescue situation

Michael Wood admin at x3n.me.uk
Sat Mar 24 14:56:56 GMT 2007

Colin Murphy wrote:
> I recently had a corrupt HD on my Dapper desktop system and had a prompt
> thrown at me for the 'root password' by the minimal rescue system to
> allow me to do fsck and stuff.
> I did try the password for my Admin user but this didn't work.
> I was able to get things started again because, luckily, I had an old
> install of, as it happens, Mandrake 10.0 tucked away on a 2nd hard drive
> and accessible via grub.  If this wasn't available I would have had a
> fallback of DSL on a USB key, but I couldn't think of a Ubuntu way of
> getting around this problem.
> What is the approved way of working in this rescue situation without a
> root password?
That is a bit of a problem, I've set my root password by doing "sudo su" 
then passwd and filling in the prompted details

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