[conspire] Where is my Pwd?

Rick Moen rick at linuxmafia.com
Sat Mar 27 11:03:23 PDT 2010

Quoting Tony Godshall (tony at of.net):

> 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
> cat /etc/passwd
> The above instructions may be too technical for you[...]

They're also a recipe for frustration, because you forgot that they'll 
result in the root partition being initially mounted read-only.  ;->

That's why I pointed Jose to the Ubuntu Web page on the subject, because
it's comprehensive on such matters.

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