Changing root's shell
ross.penner at gmail.com
Wed Aug 9 00:02:11 UTC 2006
On 8/8/06, Pete Slagle <freebsd-questions at voidcaptain.com> wrote:
> Ross Penner wrote:
> > how do you drop to single user mode? I just know how to get there at
> > boot time.
> > Thanks.
> > On 8/8/06, *Pete Slagle* < freebsd-questions at voidcaptain.com
> > <mailto:freebsd-questions at voidcaptain.com>> wrote:
> > ross wrote:
> > > so it seems changed root login's shell to /usr/bin/bash which
> > > exist. now I can't login to root at all. Oh yes, sudo isn't
> > installed. How
> > > would you grand masters of FreeBSD fix my embarrasing mistake.
> > Dunno if any grand masters are about, but maybe I can help with this
> > one.
> > - drop to single user mode: `shutdown now`
> > - when prompted for a shell, type /bin/sh
> > - `vipw /etc/passwd` and (carefully) change root's shell to
> > - type `exit` at the shell prompt to return from single user mode
> Normally you just do what I said, `shutdown now` as root, but I guess
> you can't do that in your situation. (Silly me.) So just reboot into
> single user mode instead, and follow the rest of the steps.
> Good luck,
> interestingly, by hitting the power button on the front, it went through
the shutdown process without root permissions.
I followed your steps but the problem remains. The /etc/passwd file is
edited but I still can't logon as root. When I changed the shell initially,
I used chpass. I
also tried changeing the /etc/master.passwd file to no avail.
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