Changing Forgotten Root Password

Tom H tomh0665 at
Fri Jul 30 21:10:14 UTC 2010

On Fri, Jul 30, 2010 at 4:22 PM, Craig White <craigwhite at> wrote:
> On Fri, 2010-07-30 at 16:18 -0400, binarynut at wrote:
>> Fedora 11, 12
>> Changing Forgotten Root Password.
>> Starting computer and going into Single User Mode and deleting the "x"
>> in /etc/passwd and restarting computer and login as "root" and add new
>> root password, does that still hold true for FC10, 11, 12
>> /etc/passwd
>> root:x:0:0:root:/root:/bin/bash
> ----
> don't manually edit /etc/passwd, /etc/group, /etc/shadow at all
> simply start in 'Single User Mode' and type 'passwd' - it will ask for a
> new password for root user

If you have set up your boxes to require the root password to boot
into single-user mode, you have to net-boot (or cd-boot), mount the
root partition, chroot, blank out the root password (I prefer deleting
root's password in /etc/shadow to the "x" deletion described by the
OP), and run passwd.

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