(LMDE 3) Bug: recovery boot unusable due to disabled root account

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megagrump
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(LMDE 3) Bug: recovery boot unusable due to disabled root account

Post by megagrump » Tue Sep 04, 2018 3:00 am

After installing Nvidia drivers and bumblebee on a fresh LMDE 3 installation, my system keeps freezing while booting. Trying to fix it with recovery boot is not possible, because there's no way to log in. A message is shown that says "Can't log in, root account is disabled" (paraphrased).

How can I remove bumblebee, other than booting from another medium and chroot the installed system?

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Re: (LMDE 3) Bug: recovery boot unusable due to disabled root account

Post by catweazel » Wed Sep 05, 2018 1:59 am

megagrump wrote:
Tue Sep 04, 2018 3:00 am
How can I remove bumblebee, other than booting from another medium and chroot the installed system?
Clearly, if the root account is b0rked then you don't have much choice but to either chroot in or try to recover the account.

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Re: (LMDE 3) Bug: recovery boot unusable due to disabled root account

Post by megagrump » Wed Sep 05, 2018 6:16 am

The account is fine though. It's LMDE's recovery boot that is broken by design.

I've since wiped the installation and moved on. Thanks.

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Re: (LMDE 3) Bug: recovery boot unusable due to disabled root account

Post by axisofevil » Mon Sep 17, 2018 12:58 pm

The first thing I did after the upgrade (due to needing to add some kernel options to solve a problem) was to try a recovery boot. It worked.
I could log into root & the password hadn't changed.

I don't know if LMDE2 assumed that root was disabled or had an unknown password; I didn't want that! So I did
sudo passwd root
from an admin user.

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