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RE: Recover SCO UNIX root password
From: "Mandelcorn, Seymour" <smandelcorn () bgr umd edu>
Date: Thu, 30 Dec 2004 12:21:41 -0500

When I tried using the install disk that you reference at the end of the
boot up on the floppy it gives a message that it can't find /dev/install 

Thank you for your help


I have tried this and it works:

Edit /mnt/etc/passwd. The first line will be your root line, such as
Edit out the encrypted password (don't touch anything else!) so that the
line reads something like root::0:0:God,Everywhere:/:/bin/sh

Save the file and shut down. Reboot from the hard drive. Your root password
has now been removed, and you can reset it normally

If you still need help mounting the volume try one of these:



On Wed, 22 Dec 2004 08:33:33 -0500, Mandelcorn, Seymour
<smandelcorn () bgr umd edu> wrote:
I am trying to recover or reset the root password from a SCO Unix 
setup. I have the system but I do not have the startup disks. I tried 
booting from Slackware but was unable to mount the partition. I think 
the filesystem type is vxfs. Any advice?


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