I've done it, I lost my root password, and am running an encrypted home folder. Not the biggest problem because until a few hours ago I could sftp into my box and I managed to grab everything I couldn't afford to loose.
But now for the conundrum.
I want to drop to single user mode and set a new root password. However, in the grub (version 1.99, running 64 bit mint 11, dualbooting with win7) I can manage to hit 'e' to edit the boot commands. But there doesn't seem to be a definite 'kernel line' in there that I can append a 1 or 'single' to in order to get my coveted single user mode.
My complete boot command reads:
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setparams 'Linux Mint 11 64-bit, 2.6.38-13-generic (/dev/sda5)'
set root =(/dev/sda,msdos5)
search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set=root **some long charstring**
linux /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.38-13-generic root=UUID= **that same charstring** ro quiet splash vt.handoff=7
From the preview I see that this board might do some codewrapping, everything from linux /boot until handoff=7 is on a single line.
How do I edit this in order to boot in single user mode and being prompted to enter a new root password without having to first give the old one?
I really don't feel like having to reinstall my entire system as you can imagine.