newbie: login with no password. Help!

Neil Woolford neil at
Sat Dec 11 18:58:35 UTC 2004

At 18:22 11/12/04, you wrote:

>How can you login as root when Ubuntu installs with an unknown/scrambled 
>root password?

Easy if you have physical access to the machine.

Start up and watch for the Grub loading message;  the instant this appears 
press the Esc key
which will bring up the Grub menu.  From this select the 'Recovery 
mode'.  This will start you
at a root console.

I haven't double checked as I don't want to add a user to my system right 
now, but 'adduser' is
certainly available at the prompt.

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