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methodtwo
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 25, 2008 4:24 pm    Post subject: root passord changed...can't recover Reply with quote

I'm unable to su to root from my normal user.Even though i haven't changed the root password.I booted up the gentoo install disk.I then mounted the partitions that the damaged system lives on.I then chrooted to this damaged system.I then ran
[code]
passwd
[/code]
....but when i rebooted into the damaged system i was still denied access to root through su. I think i must have dmagaged the system myself(is it possible to do this when configuring CUPS?.or maybe i did this by unmerging mktemp for wireless setup?.coz i was doing CUPS and wireless iwl3945 set-up just before i noticed the problem)or someone has remotely attacked my system.Any ideas?.Thankx in advance
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 25, 2008 4:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Please search before posting, this is officially a frequently asked question.

Can you log in as root from the console? In other words, is it only su that fails or is root locked out entirely?
Perhaps you accidentally removed your regular user from the wheel group? The thread I linked addresses the vast majority of causes.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 25, 2008 4:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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