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  1. #1

    lost root password

    I am using Suse 10.3

    I was wanting to test recovering a lost root password on one system so I made a user account and thought I'd try to "recover" the user password.

    I logged into the account with the password I had made, the account was fine.

    I logged out of the user and back into root and "cleared" the user account password in the /etc/shadow file by removing everything between the 2 ':' , saved the file and then went back to attempt to log in the user account, I cannot get in by nothing or the old password.

    I may set up a different machine to test on but if this is an accurate test, would I lose my install because of this?

    Is it not the same for root and user?
    Should I have changed something else?

    just confused and looking.



  2. #2
    Join Date
    May 2004
    arch linux
    Check this HowTo for several ways to reset the root password:

    The first method is generally the easiest option.

  3. #3
    Thanks for the reply, I had been reading that thread as I found it on another search.

    Just from the set up I have shown, do you see a reason why it would not work?

    I feel like no method will work if the above will not.

    I am setting up a couple machines so i can do testing but the above leads me to think it has little chances.

    Again, thank you much for the reply.


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