Re: Remove Root Password from Shadow file

From: Bill Unruh (
Date: 03/04/05

Date: 4 Mar 2005 08:11:21 GMT

Klist Smith <> writes:

>I forgot my root password for my Linux. Heard that I can simply remove
>the line in the "shadow" file under \etc\.

>What will happen if i simply remove it and reboot? Will it ask for a new
>password or what?

Remover the :x: in /etc/passwd for root. This will make the account
passwordless. Or log on in single user mode (linux 1 at the lilo prompt)
and then run passwd to make a new password for root.