[fedora-india] root password

Tejas Dinkar tejasdinkar at gmail.com
Sun Jan 18 14:26:47 UTC 2009

On Sun, 18 Jan 2009, Syam Krishnan sent out 1.1K bytes to say:
> Arnav Kalra wrote:
> >i forgot the root password please help
Wow, this is a complicated method

> 1. Start your computer and wait for grub to show up
> 2. Locate the entry to boot Fedora, and press 'e' to edit
> 3. You'll see a line that starts with "kernel /boot/vmlinuz....."
> 4. Move to the end of that line and append: "linux 1" (without the 
> quotes, a plain 1 is also said to work)
> 5. Now press 'b' to boot

Or, locate the grub entry, press 'a' to append and add 'single' to that

> 6. You'll boot in to run level 1. Once you get the sh prompt, edit 
> /etc/passwd file using vi (or any other editor)
> 7. The first line should be for the user root:
> root:x:0:0:root:/root:/bin/bash
> 8. Remove the 'x' character in the second field. i.e. make it:
> root::0:0:root:/root:/bin/bash
> 9. Save and quit vi
> 10. Reboot your computer. Your root password will be deleted. Set a new 
> password.

In the shell, type in passwd. Change password and press ctrl-d
Tejas Dinkar

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