On Tue, Jun 27, 2000 at 09:20:53PM +0100, Mark Cotter wrote:
> I have physical asccess to the box and so tried to type "linux single" at
> the LILO prompt but it times out before I get a chance to type the whole
> thing. Is there any other way I would be able to change the password?
You're doing the right thing, but LILO doesn't timeout once you start
typing. Do you get the
prompt (EXACTLY as above) or do you just see LILO ? If just LILO, then you
need to press any of the [Shift], [Control] or [Alt] keys within the timeout
time. Perhaps there is no timeout set ? In that case, hold down [Shift]
while booting (or press and release [CapsLock] and then when LILO starts you
should get the
prompt. At that, you then need to start typing within the timeout. If none
of the above work, then you must boot from some other medium (e.g. Tom's
Root/Boot disk, or the Linuxcare bootable CD) , mount the root partition
somewhere and manually edit /etc/passwd and possibly /etc/shadow.
Niall O Broin
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