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Hello I have forgotten my root password (all my standard passwords dont work).  I need my password so i can shutdown using
  su -c "/sbin/shutdown -r now"
because all the standard shutdown procedures do not work.  Could someone help me figure out how to get the root password (or shutdown)?  Thanks
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by:bcoleman
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CTRL+ALT+DELETE will shutdown the system correctly at least it does it on my system.  But then your problem will be the root password again.  You can then use your boot disk and setup a new root password.
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by:zx9r
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you can reboot your system with CTRL-ALT-DEL and then at the lilo prompt write linux single

This lets you enter in the system with root privileges without enter any password. Once you are in, type passwd to set the new password
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by:rlivings
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I am getting the comment
    bash: linux: command not found
when i try linux single,  come to think of it i also get that comment when i use the standard shutdown

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you have to write linux single at the LILO prompt, not at the bash prompt.
dont´t worry to reboot with Ctrl-Alt-Del so it closes the system correctly
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by:rlivings
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heh, sorry im kind of new at this.  Is the LILO prompt the place that says
     boot:
where I type linux 5 or linux 3 to go to bash prompt or Xwindows
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by:andrewljohn70
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Hi rlivings,
Yes, you are right
you will see

boot:
on your screen

boot: linux single

should be the command you type and then press enter button to boot to single user maintenance mode.
All the best :))
-ANdrew
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