How to reset root passwd FreeBSd4.7

Bill Vermillion bv at
Fri Jul 15 14:56:37 GMT 2005

While normally not able to pour water out of a boot with
instructions on the heel, on Fri, Jul 15, 2005 at 12:00  
our dear friend freebsd-hackers-request at uttered this load of codswallop:

> Message: 3
> Date: Thu, 14 Jul 2005 09:55:16 -0400 (EDT)
> From: John Von Essen <john at>
> Subject: Re: How to reset root passwd FreeBSdD4.7

> Boot with 1st CD, goto the Fixit Shell (will need 2nd CD). From
> there you have to manually mount the / filesystem and edit
> passwd (just clear out the passwd, root::). However, do an fsck
> on the device first (you may have to reboot afterwards) since if
> you have any fragmentation following an unclean shutdown, you
> will not be able to mount the device.

Just a short comment.  'Fragmentation' has nothing to do with this.
An bad shutdown fails to sync the data and thus requiring and
fsck to ensure the filesystem is in an stable state.

The 'fragments' you see referenced in the fsck only reference the
number of files that are stored in fragments - eg not occupying
a full block allocation.


Bill Vermillion - bv @ wjv . com

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