[clug] Spreading the joy!

Martin Pool mbp at sourcefrog.net
Wed Oct 27 02:41:12 GMT 2004

On 27 Oct 2004, Paul Warren <u3292467 at anu.edu.au> wrote:

> Recently I did a debian install for a client.  I set the root password 
> and promptly forgot it, before writing it down. a total mind blank, I 
> still don't remember what I set it to.  I just restarted the install, 
> wrote down the password, then set it :o)

You can also usually fix this by booting with

  linux init=/bin/sash [other stuff here]

This will give you a shell without asking for the root password.  You 
can then run passwd as root.

> Another thing, this particular company didn't care about network 
> security, their philosophy was that only employees can get into the 
> building to access the Samba Share I set up, so they didn't want 
> passwords protecting it!  I couldn't convince them that this was a "Bad 
> Idea" TM.  and the customer is always right so i let it go
> anyone else seen this sort of thing, and what should I do about it?

Keep excellent backups.  :-}

Oh, and charge by the hour.

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