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On Wednesday 20 August 2003 11:17 am, Joshua Oreman wrote:
> On Wed, Aug 20, 2003 at 04:26:24PM +0300 or thereabouts, Jimmy 
Kimanzi wrote:
> > Hi
> >
> > I used the kuser utility in KDE to add a user to the wheel group
> > and it seems to have deleted the root account and I can't login
> > as root now . Anyone know how I can fix this ?
> > I'm running FreeBSD 5.1 - RELEASE and KDE 3.1.2.
>
> Try <Ctrl>+<Alt>+<F1>, then login as root. I think kuser probably
> forgot to run pwd_mkdb -- lucky for you :-)
>
> If that doesn't work, follow the instructions for a "forgotten root
> password" ('tis in the FAQ). When you're in single user mode, try
> `grep root /etc/master.passwd'. If something comes back, type
> `passwd root' to reset root's password. If nothing comes back,
> you'll have to add a line for root manually in /etc/master.passwd.
> Then run pwd_mkdb /etc/master.passwd. Whatever you do, type `exit'
> or <Ctrl>+D now.

I had a friend that had something similar happen to him after 
installing kuser, it hadn't actually deleted the root account, but it 
did expire it (which disallowed root logins).  Took him quite a while 
to figure out.

- -Mark
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