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CNET Membership newsletter February 23, 2004 

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Dear CNET members:
Thanks again for your great responses to last week's Q&A . Several of you had the right answer, and we chose Ben B.'s response because it was clear and well organized. Chris, we hope that you found Ben's answer helpful. If any of you would like to discuss this topic further, you're welcome to join us by clicking here.

1 Help! I'm running Linux on my PC, and I've lost my root password. Is there anything I can do?

1. Boot up the system from the CD or floppy disk.
2. Mount the /root partition.
3. Edit the /etc/shadow (or /etc/passwd if this file doesn't exist (it wasn't there in older versions of Linux).
4. Find the line starting with root and delete anything between the first and second colon (:)
5. Reboot; the root password is now blank.
6. Remember to set a new password when you log in!

--Submitted by member: Ben B. Please click here to check out Ben’s full response.

For his efforts, we’re sending him the Linux Fundamentals Learning CD.

Check out next week's question!

I just got laid off. How do I move my Microsoft Outlook address book at work to my Outlook Express address book at home?

--Submitted by member: Tiffany L. Houston, TX

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