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Re: Root account desactivated
From: Paul Mohr <boredMDer74 () gawab com>
Date: Thu, 11 Mar 2004 17:55:50 -0500


On Mar 11, 2004, at 9:48 AM, MARTIN M. BĂ©noni wrote:

Hi community!

I have a really stupid trouble: on a Redhat 9.0, the line matching the root account in the file /etc/passwd has been changed from ".../bin/bash" to ".../sbin/nologin". We have the root password, but when performing a "su" command, the system replies that the account is not currently available.

So the question is: how from an user's account and knowing the root's password but having the root account disabled can we reactivate this root's account?

Any suggestion would be appreciated, I do not want to reinstall the box :(

Thanks a lot in advance!

Can you sudo? In that case merely 'sudo chsh root' or 'sudo $editorofchoice /etc/passwd'.

Or boot from a linux live-cd, mount, and edit.

Just some thoughts.


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