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How do I reset a lost administrative password?
How can I give admin permissions to my account?

I have no root password and I accidentally removed the sudo privileges of the only account left.

Any suggestions?

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Please, edit your question adding more details like, What accounts do you have and What privileges they have, etc. –  Lucio Feb 4 '13 at 16:38
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marked as duplicate by Eliah Kagan, belacqua, bodhi.zazen, Takkat, gertvdijk Feb 6 '13 at 1:14

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  1. Boot into the recovery mode.

  2. Select Drop to root shell prompt.

  3. Add yourself to the sudo (for Ubuntu 12.04 onwards) or admin group (from Ubuntu 11.10 downwards):

     adduser username sudo


     adduser username admin

    Of course, replace username with your actual user name.

  4. Reboot the computer using your preferred method. Typing Ctrl+Alt+Canc or using reboot are two of the many available methods.

NOTE: This procedure assumes that you have removed yourself from the sudo/admin group, which is not obvious. If instead you have edited /etc/sudoers or have changed some other configuration, please tell us what you have modified and how.

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Boot a live CD. Mount your root partition containing /etc. Modify the mounted /etc/group file to have your user back in the sudo group. Umount and reboot.

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I assume it's self explanatory correct? –  Steve Metzler Feb 4 '13 at 16:24
@SteveMetzler See my edit –  Paul van Schayck Feb 4 '13 at 16:34
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