How to reset root passwd FreeBSdD4.7

Mike Meyer mwm at
Thu Jul 14 13:21:58 GMT 2005

In <200507132203.j6DM3LRd020116 at fire.jhs.private>, Julian H. Stacey <jhs at> typed:
> Amandeep wrote:
> > Hi all,
> First, please do Not cross post, we have a rule about that !
> ... so I dropped cc freebsd-questions at,
> > Is there a way to reset the root passwd without reinstalling FreeBSD 4.7.
> > 
> > Thanks in advance
> > 
> > Aman
> passwd root

Except you have to know the root password for that to work.

> [ Except maybe ]
> 	Various things get crippled now, in the name of avoiding
> 	`shooting self in the foot' accidents by neophytes. So maybe
> 	if you're running at a higher kernel security level you
> 	might need to turn that off.  Don't know how though, I never
> 	cripple my root access. (& similarly hate eg fdisk -a being
> 	similarly crippled by sysctl, in the same name of neophyte
> 	foot shooting prevention )

I always looked at that as a security feature, not a neophyte
protection feature. I turn it on for my goats.

Mike Meyer <mwm at>
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