[conspire] Where is my Pwd?
tony at of.net
Sat Mar 27 10:36:29 PDT 2010
> Unfortunately, it is likely that "passwd" will prompt you to provide
> your current password, before it will be willing to let you set a new
> value. If it does that, then you'll need to "break in" to the system
> with root authority at startup time.
> Here is a page that details how to do so in Ubuntu:
> Frankly, it'll be about the same on any other distribution, too.
On pretty much any distro, if you can break into the boot process
and add a kernel arg, adding "init=/bin/bash" to the kernel parameters
will bypass the usual initialization process (/sbin/init) and get
you a root prompt. At that point you can set the password for
joeuser like so:
# /usr/bin/passwd joeuser
If you don't even remember what your username was, you can
The above instructions may be too technical for you, and if
so you'll probably want to hire some help or do a bit of
googling around for how to break into the GRUB or SYSLINUX
boot process (and even how to tell which one your system uses)
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