Pierre Frenkiel pierre.frenkiel at
Fri Oct 3 14:10:45 UTC 2008

On Fri, 3 Oct 2008, Ruben Safir wrote:

> The easiest way to deal with this, IMO, is boot off a live CD and remove
> the entries from /etc/passwd and /ect/shadow for root.  You'll then have
> access.
   that doesn't work too if you are using shadow passwords.
   In that case, one solution is:
    - boot from Ubuntu cd (alternate or live, but alternate is much faster)
    - choose "repair a broken system"
    - once the partition list is displayed, choose the linux root partition
    - at the command prompt, type "passwd login_name"
      and enter a new password
    - exit
    - go to the last line, and type <CR> . you get a message
       "abort the installation" : select YES

Pierre Frenkiel

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