[ubuntu-uk] Password recovery

Keith keith at grumpyface.me.uk
Sun Jul 6 20:19:45 BST 2008

I've managed to get myself into a bit of a pickle and would appreciate 
any help.

I have a non-Windows machine with two separate hard drives.  Ubuntu is 
on one and Kubuntu on the other,  They are both partitioned with home 
directories on a separate partition.  There is an additional user on 
each distro.

On Friday a problem arose with the Kubuntu distribution which I couldn't 
resolve myself, so I decided to install v. 8.04.01, especially as it now 
included KDE 4.  All seemed to be OK until I tried to boot up Ubuntu 
which stalled and needed a CTRL-D to get to the desktop.  Not to worry, 
I thought, I'll reinstall with 8.04.1 which proceeded normally. 
However, when the other user tried to log in, Ubuntu would not accept 
the password.  I googled extensively but the only remedy I could find 
was to recover my own password, which was not applicable here and didn't 
help recover, or change, the password in question.  I even tried to 
"re-add" the second user but Ubuntu told me that the user already 
existed, etc.

So I'm stumped and if anyone can help me resolve the problem, I shall be 
very pleased.



Keith Bowerman,
Prestwood, south Staffs, England.
Using Ubuntu 8.04 on a Linux only machine

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