lost password and recovery console

Asked by Marlene on 2009-05-09

I have forgotten password for my account in Ubuntu and I can't tell if recovery console is installed. I've tried for 15 minutes to hit esc when when I see the Grab but no luck on getting the recovery console up.

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Ian Ace
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2009-05-16
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2009-05-16
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2009-05-15
Best Ian Ace (iaculallad) said : #1

You might as well try resetting your password using Ubuntu's LiveCD. Boot from the LiveCD, mount and chroot the partition where Ubuntu was installed. Use passwd command to change reset your password.

passwd marlene

* That is, if your user name is marlene *

peter b (b1pete) said : #2

Marlene,

 You need to reboot into recovery mode. That will give you a single user root shell. Then you can use

passwd <yourchosenpassword>

to change your users password then

reboot

and when you reboot , you should be able to login as usual.

regards,
peter b

Marlene (ilmedwards1) said : #4

I didn't get a cd for installing the software; it was installed
already when I purchased the laptop.

On May 8, 2009, at 8:13 PM, Ian Ace Culallad <<email address hidden>
 > wrote:

> Your question #70507 on nautilus in ubuntu changed:
> https://answers.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/nautilus/+question/70507
>
> Status: Open => Answered
>
> Ian Ace Culallad proposed the following answer:
> You might as well try resetting your password using Ubuntu's LiveCD.
> Boot from the LiveCD, mount and chroot the partition where Ubuntu was
> installed. Use passwd command to change reset your password.
>
> passwd marlene
>
> * That is, if your user name is marlene *
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Marlene (ilmedwards1) said : #6

Thanks Ian Ace Culallad, that solved my question.

Marlene (ilmedwards1) said : #7

I thought this was going to work but it errors out on the bin/bash command.  I've tried the 2 different mount commands and they say no such file or directory.

I'm at a initramfs prompt
passwd command doesn't work

Help displays the following list of built in commands:

- : alias break cd chdir command continue echo eval exec exit exort false getopts hash help let local pwd read readonly return set shift times trap true trype ulimit umask unalias unset wait [ [[ ash awk basename busybox cat chmod chroot chvt clear cmp cp cut deallocvt dumpkmap echo egrep envexpr false fbset fdflush fgrep grep hostname ifconfig ip kill ln loadfont loadkmap ls mkdir mkfifo mknod mkswap mktemp more moount mv openvt pidof printf ps pwd readlink reset rm rmdir sed setkeycodes sh sleep sort stat sync tail tee test touch tr true tty umount uname uniq wget yes

I'm running version 8.04 -

--- On Sat, 5/9/09, Ľuboš Rendek <email address hidden> wrote:

From: Ľuboš Rendek <email address hidden>
Subject: Re: [Question #70507]: lost password and recovery console
To: <email address hidden>
Date: Saturday, May 9, 2009, 3:39 PM

Your question #70507 on nautilus in ubuntu changed:
https://answers.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/nautilus/+question/70507

Ľuboš Rendek proposed the following answer:
hi can also try this:
http://www.linuxconfig.org/Recover_-_Reset_forgotten_linux_root_password

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