Locked myself out.. AGAIN!!

Glen Barber glen.j.barber at gmail.com
Sun Dec 7 02:07:51 PST 2008

On Sun, Dec 7, 2008 at 5:04 AM, Redd Vinylene <reddvinylene at gmail.com> wrote:
> On this dedicated box here I made the mistake of adding a comment to
> root's entry in my password file:
> root:*:0:0::/root:/bin/sh # What I thought would be a harmless comment.

This is why you shouldn't edit password files directly.

> Now I can't su to root. And my ISP is closed on Sundays. Is there any
> way I can fix this on my own?

Do you have sudo installed?  If not, your only other option is to boot
into single user mode.  But that won't help if you're not at the

Glen Barber

"If you have any trouble sounding condescending, find a Unix user to
show you how it's done."
 --Scott Adams

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