Locked myself out.. AGAIN!!

Jerry McAllister jerrymc at msu.edu
Sun Dec 7 06:22:49 PST 2008

On Sun, Dec 07, 2008 at 11:04:00AM +0100, Redd Vinylene 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.
> 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 physical access to the machine?

If so, force it to reboot - maybe by pulling the plug if you have to
then bring it up in single user mode.
Remount root      mount -u /
Then use vipw to edit the file and remove that comment and any trailing
blanks on that line.
Then reboot again.


> Thanks y'all!
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