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How to reset root password for openSUSE 11.1

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I tried:  init=/bin/bash and linux init=/bin/bash at the graphical boot menu
when it booted up I tried to configure networking and got:  Password needed. Administrator (root) privilege is required. Please enter the root password to continue. Command: /sbin/yast2 lan

When I tried:
boot: Linux init=/bin/bash
I got:  VFS: Cannot open root device "<NULL> or unknown-block(8,9)
Please append a correct "root=" boot option; here are the available partitions:
Kernel panic - not syncing: VFS: Unable to mount root fs on unknown-block(8,9)

Is there a way to reset the root password thru the boot: option?  Thanks for your help
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by:arnold
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what access into the system do you have?
Do you have access with an account that has sudo rights?
You could boot the system using a CD/DVD and then mounting the hard drive partition where /etc/shadow is.
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I am booting from a live cd.  I don't have an account with sudo rights.  Am I out of luck?
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no, booting with livecd is how you can access the file and update/reset the password.

You need to mount the hard drive's partition that includes /etc and then edit the shadow file and reset the password there.
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by:Duncan Roe
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Which live CD? Knoppix should give you root access straight away, unless they've changed something since I last tried it (Downloading the latest one now - will take a few hours).
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Any LiveCD will give you access since you still must mount the HD filesystem.
The only issue is if the silesystem is encrypted i.e. truecrypt, etc.
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by:Duncan Roe
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You might need to do su before you run yast
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Thanks for your help
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