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  1. #1

    Lightbulb Administration

    A Question about a serious problem:

    After the repair of an installation from CD SUSE Ver 11.1 32 Bit i was no longer able to login as root.

    Could someone recommend me a method to get back administrative rights?

    When installing the system from CD the root password, that is now unknown to me is remembered by YaST, so i have no chance to change it during the installation procedure caused by a conflict with an existing user.

    Another question comes up: Is the reason of the PW change the repaired installation (standard root PW or was i hacked by anonymus) how can i find the answer?

    Looking forward for help.

    digital brain

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    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    Earth - Denmark

    Default Re: Administration

    openSUSE 11.1 is no longer supported....are you, perhaps asking about
    SUSE Linux Enterprise 11 SP 1 ??

    otherwise there are about a million articles in these and other linux
    forums on how to recover/change a forgotten root
    should be very helpful, like:

    dd CAVEAT:
    [NNTP via openSUSE 11.4 [] + KDE 4.6.0 + Thunderbird 3.1.10]
    Dual booting with Sluggish Loser7 on Acer Aspire One D255

  3. #3

    Arrow Re: Administration

    A suggestion to solve the problem could be:

    boot the system with an installation CD, during the installation you are able to configure User Settings. Choose the checkbox "use this password for system administrator" to set a new root password.

    Alternative if you don't want to reinstall your system you can follow a procedure described by M. Kofler in his book "Linux , Addison-Wesley" root password vergessen":
    Boot the system with an installation CD, create a mountpoint and mount the the root partition of your system. Then edit the files /etc/passwd resp. /etc/shadow by deleteing the password. After a boot you should be able to define a new root password.


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