Pierre Frenkiel pierre.frenkiel at
Fri Oct 3 15:21:53 UTC 2008

On Fri, 3 Oct 2008, Nils Kassube wrote:

> What is a "password set on single user mode"? Can you explain what you are
> talking about?
   it's in the link you gave in your previous post:
   single mode may give you:
   "Give root password for maintenance"

>> 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.
> Don't do that because then you don't have a root account any longer. That
> is definitely NOT what you want. Furthermore it doesn't give you access
> to your user account.
   I didn't read carefully: he said "remove the entries for root"
   but of course, what you must do is remove the password entry for root (field 2)
   in /etc/passwd.
   I checked that it works in all cases.
   Easy to try: do it, and open a console (<CTRL-ALT-F1>)
   This can also be done after reboot. and you type then "passwd loginname"

Pierre Frenkiel

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