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Re: [vox-tech] Not able to log into root.
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Re: [vox-tech] Not able to log into root.

I will from now on use less and more.

This is /etc/passwd
lp:x:4:7:Printing daemon:/var/spool/lpd:/bin/bash
games:x:12:100:Games account:/var/games:/bin/bash
at:x:25:25:Batch jobs daemon:/var/spool/atjobs:/bin/bash
postgres:x:26:2:Postgres database admin:/var/lib/pgsql:/bin/bash
mdom:x:28:28:Mailing list agent:/usr/lib/majordomo:/bin/bash
wwwrun:x:30:65534:WWW daemon apache:/var/lib/wwwrun:/bin/bash
squid:x:31:65534:WWW proxy squid:/var/squid:/bin/bash
fax:x:33:14:Facsimile agent:/var/spool/fax:/bin/bash
gnats:x:34:65534:Gnats GNU backtracking system:/usr/lib/gnats:/bin/bash
adabas:x:36:100:Adabas-D database admin:/usr/lib/adabas:/bin/bash
amanda:x:37:6:Amanda admin:/var/lib/amanda:/bin/bash
irc:x:39:65534:IRC daemon:/usr/lib/ircd:/bin/bash
ftp:x:40:2:FTP account:/usr/local/ftp:/bin/bash
firewall:x:41:31:Firewall account:/var/lib/firewall:/bin/false
named:x:44:44:Nameserver daemon:/var/named:/bin/bash
fnet:x:49:14:FidoNet account:/var/spool/fnet:/bin/bash
gdm:x:50:15:Gnome Display Manager daemon:/var/lib/gdm:/bin/bash
postfix:x:51:51:Postfix daemon:/var/spool/postfix:/bin/false
cyrus:x:96:12:IMAP daemon:/usr/cyrus:/bin/bash
dpbox:x:61:56:DpBox account:/var/spool/dpbox:/bin/false
ingres:x:62:3:Ingres database admin:/opt/tngfw/ingres:/bin/bash
vscan:x:65:65534:Vscan account:/var/spool/vscan:/bin/false
wnn:x:66:100:Wnn system account:/var/lib/wnn:/bin/false
pop:x:67:100:POP admin:/var/lib/pop:/bin/false
perforce:x:68:60:Perfoce admin:/var/lib/perforce:/bin/false
sapdb:x:69:61:SAPDB demo account:/var/opt/sapdb:/bin/bash
db4web:x:70:100:DB4Web account:/opt/db4web:/bin/bash
rdm:x:500:100:Roland (Rusty) Minden:/home/rdm:/bin/bash
man:x:13:62:Manual pages viewer:/var/cache/man:/bin/bash
news:x:9:13:News system:/etc/news:/bin/bash
uucp:x:10:14:Unix-to-Unix CoPy system:/etc/uucp:/bin/bash

On Tuesday 23 April 2002 12:07 pm, you wrote:
> as mike pointed out to me in email, it's just better to use a pager like
> less.  it's a good habit to get into.
> begin nbs <nbs@sonic.net>
> > On Tue, Apr 23, 2002 at 11:58:33AM -0700, Rusty Minden wrote:
> > > Dohh! Yes I do I flubbed when doing a search using vim sorry. Still
> > > can't use su to log into root.
> >
> > You'll probably need to boot into single user mode (err.. if you CAN
> not quite -- you still need to enter a password in single user mode.
> > with a botched /etc/passwd), or (more likely) use a rescue disk.
> you need to boot a rescue disk (the linux BBC or linuxcare cd's are
> perfect for this sort of thing.  debian rescue disks will work too).
> then you need to manually mount the root partition read/write.
> then you need to change the permission on /mnt/bin/su (not on /bin/su,
> if that makes sense).
> it's just like when you forget the root password, except you'll be using
> chmod to change permissions instead of vim to change text between the
> 2nd and 3rd ":" in /etc/shadow.
> pete
> > BTW - use "vipw", not "vim"...  It will, as the man page says,
> > "set the appropriate locks to prevent file corruption."  I seem to
> > recall it also complaining and not saving/quitting if the file got
> > botched up.  (eg, it syntax checks it before committing to disk)
> >
> > I could be wrong about that last part, unfortunately... :)
> > In that case, I guess VIM is good enough.  Just be CAREFUL! ;)
> >
> > -bill!
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