resetting root password?

Willem van der Walt wvdwalt at
Wed Jun 8 05:26:59 UTC 2016

1.  If you can boot into single user mode, you do not need a password to 
get up to there, then you can change things.
If you can boot off a talking linux USB or such, do the following:
1. mount your filesystem containing the etc directory.
2.  edit mountpoint/etc/passwd
3.  Change the line where root is defined, e.g.
So you remove the x or whatever is in that column.
4. Save the file, umount and boot normally.
5.  Login as root, it should have no password and just go in.
6.  use passwd root to give it a new password.

HTH, Willem

On Tue, 7 Jun 2016, Hank Smith, and Seeing-eye dog Iona wrote:

> Hello I am running a virtual machine of pbx in a flash I set this up quite a 
> while ago but can not remember any of my passwords so I can not get inis 
> there a fix for this?
> I can't get in on root either
> thanks
> Hank
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