lost root passwd

Marty Landman MLandman at face2interface.com
Sat Apr 16 09:57:33 PDT 2005

I have a relatively new 5.2 installation and have forgotten the root pw, 
although I can log on as a member of group wheel.

Not sure how to fix this situation.

1.   /etc/master.passwd has perm's of 0600 so afaik can't change this 
except as root

2.   rebooting from the installation CD then selecting single user mode 
throws me directly into /stand/sysinstall; from there selecting the reset 
root pw option is consistently ignored

3.   rebooting into single user mode from the HD, after entering

# mount -t ufs -a
# passwd

the response is

passwd: pam_chauthtok(): error in service module

Anyway I can fix this?


Marty Landman, Face 2 Interface Inc. 845-679-9387
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