forgot "root" login information.

I actually forgot my root user name (though probably “root”); however, what is worse is I came up with a “secure” password that was so secure I forgot it myself. Now I’m in the very unpleasant position of needing root access for installation and not being able to carry it out. Does anyone know the most simple approach to resolving this problem? I’d like to avoid dangerous (i.e extremely time consuming re-installation); but suppose this may be my only choice. Any good ideas anyone? Any ideas are much appreciated! Look forward to hearing from someone.

carl@smallstepinnovation - really! But more oriented with mechanical and electromechanical design, rather than web design :slight_smile:

The root user name is almost always* root* – It is quite difficult to change it and still have everything work.

If you have not protected the boot process, then:
Reboot, and at the Grub menu type:
init=/bin/bash <enter>.
The system should start with a “#” prompt. Type:
su -
that should make you* root*. Then type
passwd
and enter a new root password, confirm
Next <ctrl>+<alt>+<del> to hopefully reboot with the new root password.

On 01/14/2012 07:46 AM, carl smallstepinnovation wrote:
> forgot my root user name

this wiki page offers lots of different ways, one or more should solve
your situation (without reinstalling):

http://en.opensuse.org/SDB:Recover_root_password


DD http://tinyurl.com/DD-Caveat
openSUSE®, the “German Engineered Automobiles” of operating systems!

That article needs revising/updating.
Only the “10.3 Rescue System boot from a DVD/CD” works for 12.1. Apart from needing an installation DVD or CD, it also requires extra steps without an ethernet Internet connection .connecrion

On 01/14/2012 11:36 AM, eng-int wrote:
>
> That article needs revising/updating.

if you have the technical ability to do that, then why not go ahead and
do it (the log in here should let you work there, i think)…

hmmmm…well, the reason i pointed to that page is because i wasn’t
certain that the first green screen’s “Boot Options” line and your “the
Grub menu” were the same thing…so, i was offering alternatives…

i have since tried your prescription and see it works perfectly (if
typed into the boot options line…) thanks, GOOD to know!)


DD http://tinyurl.com/DD-Caveat
openSUSE®, the “German Engineered Automobiles” of operating systems!

Thank you very much! This solved my problem. Thanks to you, I can get back to work! Cheers.

Thank you very much! This solved my problem. Thanks to you, I can get back to work! Cheers. I think I already sent this; however being new to all of this I wanted to be sure you got the message.

Thank you for these very informative links. The information found here has broadened my understanding substantially. Your time and help are much appreciated. Your knowledge is impressive!

Cheers,
Carl

On 01/15/2012 06:46 AM, carl smallstepinnovation wrote:
> Your knowledge is impressive!

thanks, but there are folks around here who have already forgotten more
about linux/*nix than i know (and remember FAR more)…

but, you are welcome…this is a cooperative effort…we help you and
you help others, when and where you can…


DD
openSUSE®, the “German Engineered Automobiles” of operating systems!