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Re: [gNewSense-users] I did something stupid - root password locked :-(

From: Jay
Subject: Re: [gNewSense-users] I did something stupid - root password locked :-(
Date: Wed, 21 Feb 2007 20:29:50 -0500

Karl's suggestion is the best one. Simply reboot into rescue mode and use the adduser program.

On 2/21/07, Matthew Flaschen < address@hidden> wrote:
andrei raevsky wrote:

> Thanks for the link to the Ubuntu doc.  This sudo thing is new to me,
> but it seems to make sense, in particular that some stuff still seems
> needs a root password (like stopping or killing a process).

No.  Things that would ordinarily require a root password now require
sudo (which only requires the user password).  Try man sudo_root.  You
can of course still unlock the root account, but it isn't recommended (I
still did it).

> Jay:
> Why should I copy the password hash and not just simply delete the
> password as I did (which obviously did not work - but I wonder why it
> did not)?

I don't know the format of the password file, but I assume it does not
allow for no password.  Also, keep in mind the hash of "" is not "".

Matthew Flaschen

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