Enabling root login without an administrator account

Chris St Denis chris at smartt.com
Thu Jul 10 21:23:51 UTC 2008

 Veronica Labarca wrote:
> Hi, 
> I have inherited a FreeBSD server and need to change the apache
> configuration, but cannot log in to the server. I have the root password
> (and know how to change it if needed in any case). The problem is that root
> login is disabled. There are various administrative accounts on the server,
> but I don't have the password to any of those. Can someone advise me as to
> either, how to get the root login enabled or how to change the password on a
> different account? 
> Thanks for any help you can provide.
> Viqui
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I'm assuming you mean root login via SSH is disabled (as is the 
default). IIRC, root can always login from the console.

Login as root from the console (or boot into single user mode) and edit 

Uncomment "PermitRootLogin" line and change no to yes.

An alternate (and better) solution is to create yourself a user account 
in the wheel group and use that to login then SU up to root.

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