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Thomas



Joined: 27 Jul 2010
Posts: 58
Location: Fremont, CA

PostPosted: Mon Aug 23, 2010 2:01 am    Post subject: How to recover a lost root password? Reply with quote

I know there was a NeXTanswer about that topic. I think it was this one:
2152 - Restoring Root Password 97-06-17

I looked but couldn't find it here in the archive. Does anybody have a copy of this NeXTanswer or know how to reset the root password?
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verdraith



Joined: 22 Feb 2010
Posts: 23
Location: Cardiff, UK

PostPosted: Mon Aug 23, 2010 5:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Black hardware:


  • Reboot the system.
  • Immdeiately after the "Testing System" message is replaced with "Loading from disk", hold down the right command key and press the tilde (~) on the numeric keypad. You are now at the ROM monitor.
  • Boot the machine into single user mode. Most people boot off the hard disk, and should type the following at the ROM monitor prompt:
    Code:
    NeXT> bsd -s

  • Once the system has started and dumps you at a root prompt, you need to make sure NetInfo and other services get started. Do this by typing:
    Code:
    sh /etc/rc &

  • Set the root password using:
    Code:
    passwd root

  • Now, reboot the system and you can use the new password.


Intel hardware:

  • Reboot the system.
  • Boot the machine into single user mode by typing the following at the bootloader prompt:
    Code:
    -s

  • Once the system has started and dumps you at a root prompt, you need to make sure NetInfo and other services get started. Do this by typing:
    Code:
    sh /etc/rc &

  • Set the root password using:
    Code:
    passwd root

  • Now, reboot the system and you can use the new password.
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mouser



Joined: 17 Apr 2018
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 18, 2018 6:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Reviving this thread for a simple thank you note.

Pulled my NeXTcube out of storage after about a dozen years and couldn't remember my password. This came in handy Smile
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