i have ubuntu lts 12.04 i wanted to make a new administrator.....i created a new user..made it admin and made the earlier user standard....but accidentally the new admin user password says "account disabled"... now i can only log in with earlier user(standard) and not with admin...... i tried recovery mode in the recovery mode it asks for "root password for maintenance"...which i don't know.... also if i try to solve using terminal in earlier user it says "user not in sudoers file.This incident will be reported"........... how can i access the admin account or create a new one......help


1) Boot from CD/DVD, chroot into your system and add user to admin group (sudo adduser USERNAME admin) or to /etc/sudoers (sudo visudo)

2) to enable accout use passwd -u username

For step by step howto read: https://help.ubuntu.com/community/LiveCdRecovery

  • Before chroot, you have to mount -o rw,remount / – s3lph Aug 31 '14 at 15:01
  • I just gave a general answer, all the steps are described in the article I linked. – przemo Aug 31 '14 at 15:12

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