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

From: andrei raevsky
Subject: [gNewSense-users] I did something stupid - root password locked :-(
Date: Tue, 20 Feb 2007 13:09:24 -0500


I just installed gNewSense on a friend's computer.  The Ubuntu
installer asks for the creation of a user with root-type admin access.
I created that account under my friend's name, then when I wanted to
create another account for his brother I realized that my friend would
have full admin access.  So I used his account to create another
account for his brother and then I took away my friend's admin

Not smart.

I forgot that I had no root password configured by the installer and
that now that the first user account had lost its root admin
privileges, *nobody* would have such an access except for the locked
(no password) root account.

Does Ubuntu/gNewSense provide a default root password?

I tried a couple of obvious ones, but that did not work.

Then I booted up the live CD, mounted the / partition of the hard
drive and deleted the root password in the /etc/shadow file (on the
hard disk, not on the  live-CD's  /etc in the RAM).  Then I rebooted,
but still could not log in as root with a blank password.  Looks like
I forgot how to reset the root password with a live-CD...

Once home, I looked up the Koppix hack # 66 "resetting the linux (sic)
passwords" which says to mount the disk and then to do 'sudo chroot
/media/hda1 passwd' (the books actually says '/mnt/hda1' as it is good
for the older Knoppix).

Will that work for gNewSense?

Is there a default root password placed by the installer?

Why does the installer not ask for the creation of two accounts, one
root and one user?

Thanks in advance for any help!


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