May 11, 2012

How do you retrieve a lost Ubuntu 11.10 password?

The password was lost while changing passwords.

The first things first. Do you have another superuser enabled account, let's...

The first things first. Do you have another superuser enabled account, let's say another user besides your regular user that can be a sudoer? If that's the case you can easily use sudo to change your user's password.
Other workaround could be the one suggested by canonical software https://help.ubuntu.com/11.04/ubuntu-help/user-forgottenpassword.html

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If you can login as root, you can open a terminal and run:...

If you can login as root, you can open a terminal and run:
passwd
where is the actual username of the account whos password needs resetting. It will prompt you to create a new password.

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you cannot retrieve the password but during boot time you can go into ...

you cannot retrieve the password but during boot time you can go into "recovery mode" , "drop to root shell" and then change the password for the particular user by using "passwd username".

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Is ubuntu complains for a pass probably this is user's pass, cause in Ubuntu...

Is ubuntu complains for a pass probably this is user's pass, cause in Ubuntu by default 1st user's a/c is an admin, To reset pass it is needed to boot into recovery mode by pressing shift key at the boot time. Now select Remount /Read/Write.....other filesystems and again select Root drop to....shell prompt. Here u may see the root prompt where u simply write passwd and press enter..... after type ur desire pass and retype the same again type sync and then type reboot -f

hope it helps u !

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