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August 1st, 2009

Recover your lost root password in Linux

Linux, by suvi.

Once in a lifetime you might forget your root password. If that happens, reboot your distro and at the GRUB prompt press “e” to edit the first line. Make sure the new entry sais “linux single”. Press “b” to boot the new entry line. You’ll be thrown into single user mode and given a BASH prompt. Do a

cd /etc
nano passwd

Now see that line that sais

root:x:0:0:root:/root:/bin/bash

somewhere at the top of the file? Make it look like

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