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I thought it would be a good idea to finally take the password off my little netbook since it has never actually been of any use, and has mostly just slowed down . But when I went to change my password, there wasn't even an option to make it blank, and any attempt to make it a few easy characters was met with "Password too weak".

So I did what any good geek would do and popped open the terminal, read the manual entry for passwd and quickly used the -d option to remove the password from my account. It all went well for a couple days (I even managed to also make my keychain password blank) until I tried to update the thing.

My sudoers password is not blank, and it's not my old password. I have no idea what it is. How do I reset it (or even better, make it blank) without the use of the sudo command?

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marked as duplicate by Eliah Kagan, Eric Carvalho, Seth, vasa1, Thomas Ward Mar 18 '13 at 6:06

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Since the fix is to reset the password (and the problem lies in the password entry itself), this is in effect the same as How do I reset a lost administrative password? We should probably close this as a duplicate of that. – Eliah Kagan Mar 18 '13 at 3:07
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Go to terminal type who am i then type passwd and enter the password you want. You will be able to use that password to change your password on user accounts.

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how can he do that from terminal with out sudo ? – Raja Oct 14 '12 at 7:11
A user can change his own password without sudo. – Mark Paskal Oct 14 '12 at 7:38
Thanks! This was the easiest way of all the answers. – Eric Dand Oct 15 '12 at 22:12

If you messed up your sudoers file, you'll need to:

  • Reboot into recovery mode (hit escape during boot, choose the recovery mode option on the grub screen)
  • Choose the 'Enable networking' option (if you don't your filesystem will be mounted as read-only. who knew)
  • Chosee the 'Drop to root shell' option
  • Run visudo, fix your file
  • Reboot with normal grub option

source :-

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You can install linux on machine without losing data . only be carefull aboout that use same username . if you want really cracking password i will look for it

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After switch on your PC , you will see GRUB menu . In the GRUB menu choose recovery mode and then choose root option . there type this command


Then Give your new password .

then restart.

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