I had installed Gmail, and that had created a lot of users on the login screen. So I decided to delete them. But as I deleted them, I lost my user account. Now when I login there's only guest login option.

Hence I have to recover my files that were in the user account.I know e2undel but how can I do it (install and execute from the guest account) when I don't know the password of the root.

  • Boot from a liveCD and mount your harddrive, then you can pull off the files.
    – Dan
    Commented Aug 22, 2013 at 14:27

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Ubuntu don't have a root password. That said, you should try going for the "Recovery Mode" in the GRUB "Advanced options", select "Drop to root shell prompt" then create your system user with adduser:

adduser user

Then reboot and login with your new user. Also, you should make sure your new user is member of the admin and sudo group.

adduser admin user
adduser sudo user

If during this commands the system complains about being on read-only or that files couldn't be written, the run this:

mount -o remount,rw /
mount --all
  • Though its late but thanks for the help!! Saved me a lot of files!
    – anup1912
    Commented Dec 30, 2013 at 6:56

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