Linux/Ubuntu Recover/Reset Root Forgetten Password

2014 - 12 - 15

Shift while booting (Esc for v9 earlier version);

Highlight the normal booting item (actually, it is highlighted by default);

'e' to edit;

Find the line starts with linux ....;

Delete quiet splash $vt_handoff ...,

Edit ro (read only) to rw, and add init=/bin/bash to the end of the line;

Ctrl+x or F10 to boot using this modified temporary item;

Root shell will be available, passwd to modify and then reboot.

WARN tip: Desktop version may prevent root to login even if the password is correct, so a sudo-abled non-root user is a good choice to login.

ref:  The Other Way

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