Password reset question

Bill Moran wmoran at
Mon Apr 21 08:56:16 PDT 2003

none none wrote:
> I had a server which I haven't used in about a year, with data on it 
> that I'd like to access.  Unforunately I forgot the root password.  I've 
> tried the "boot -s" option but once it finishes booting it displays 
> "enter root password or ^D for multiuser access". (Not bypassing the 
> root password...  I have physical access to the machine. How can I reset 
> or recover the password?

Your console is obviously marked as "secure".

You'll have to boot off a fixit floppy or CD (such as FreeSBIE), then edit
the password file to change root's password and run pwd_mkdb.

Bill Moran
Potential Technologies

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