Linux Administration password


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How to reset linux administration password and username?
Did you forget your password? What distro is this? As far as I know, there are two ways you can recover/reset your password:
1. Create a live USB, boot the LIve OS, mount the partition to something like /mnt, mount and bind the necessary directories, chroot to /mnt, change your password.
2. I've only performed this procedure in Ubuntu and Debian based distros, and am not sure whether it'd work in others, i.e. Arch, Fedora, openSUSE. It is a similar procedure than chrooting, but without having to boot to a live USB:
2.1 Turn on your pc and when it starts booting press the shift key, so grub's menu is available.
2.2 When in grub's menu screen, press e to edit boot options.
2.3 Scroll down using the arrow keys, and add this at the end of the boot options rw init=/bin/bash, then press Ctrl + x to save changes and boot to a console. It should look something like this:

2.4 Now, you should be in command-line mode, logged in as root, change your password
passwd user_name
type in and confirm your password when asked.
2.4 Once the new password has been successfully set, type
and hit Enter, then type
reboot -f
and hit Enter again. The system will reboot, and you should be able to log in with your new password. See the img below

2.5 Once you're logged in, launch a terminal and type
sudo passwd root
type in and confirm the new password.
That's it.
Hope this helps! :)
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