Change Root Password and Lost or forgotten Password in Pisi Linux

It happen so very fast, you have installed Pisi Linux and will change your Root Password while the first one you have create is not secure enough.

Simple to do that:

Change Root Password

Run: Konsole [Menu > System > Konsole]

Type: “su root”

Type: [password]

Type: “sudo passwd”

Type: [new password]

Type: [confirm new password]

That was all now have you change your Root Password


While we all know we should always choose a root password that is too difficult to guess, yet easy enough to remember, occasionally you may find yourself sitting at a box and you don’t have the root password (anymore).

While it is not possible to *retrieve* the password for root, luckily it is possible to *change* it without knowing the current password.

It gives two Methods for lost or forgotten Passwords


First method

If you can log on as a user who has administrative rights (as asked and recommended during Pisi Linux install), then it is quite easy to change the root-password.

Open Konsole (Menu > System > Konsole and type

   sudo su

Type your own password and press Enter.

Either the cursor is next to a pound sign (#), or you get a message that you are not in the sudoers list and the cursor is next to a dollar sign ($)

If you see the pound sign, then…

   Type: passwd
   Enter and confirm a new password.
   All done. 

But if still have the dollar sign then head on over the…

Second Method

Start or restart the computer. When grub appears, press the Escape key. You may need to be quick! A window will pop up, saying,

You are leaving the graphical boot menu and starting the text mode interface.

  • There are two buttons, “OK” and “Cancel”. Even though there is no mouse support, the OK-button is pre-selected, so just press Enter.
  • You will see your Grub menu entries in text mode. If necessary, using the up and down arrow keys highlight the Pisi Linux entry.
  • Press “e” — you will now see the grub entries that Grub uses for actually booting Pisi Linux.
  • Using the arrow keys, select the line that begins with “kernel”.
  • Press “e” again — by default the cursor will be at the very end of this line. If not, use the arrow keys to navigate to the end of the line.
  • Add a space, then append the following:
  single init=/bin/bash
  • Press Enter to save the changes. You will be returned to the previous screen.
  • Press “b” to boot Pisi Linux. After a few seconds you will see
  (none) / #
  • Type the following:
  mount -o remount,rw /
  • Type: passwd
  • Enter the new password when asked. The computer should respond with,
  passwd: password changed successfully
  • Type: reboot

When the logon screen appears, log on as a regular user, or, if you don’t know that password either, press CTRL+ALT+F1 and log on as root. Then type “passwd <username>” and change the password for the user.


  • You cannot get Grub into text mode (nothing happens or you are asked for a password)
  • When you press the “e” key in order to edit the Grub menu item for Pisi Linux, nothing happens or you are asked for a password.

In either case press “p” and see if you are then asked for a password. If so, then Grub is password protected and you will need a live-cd to boot from.

  • When booted, open a terminal and become root (type: su)
  • Type “cfdisk /dev/sda” (or ” /dev/sdb”, or ” /dev/sdc”, etc.)
  • Look which name corresponds with the label “Pisi_ROOT”. (Let’s say for example of the argument it happens to be “sda1”)
  • Press “q” to quit cfdisk.
  • Type: mkdir /mnt/sda1
  • Type: mount /dev/sda1 /mnt/sda1
  • Type: nano -w /mnt/sda1/boot/grub/grub.conf
  • Look for and delete lines beginning with, “lock” and “password”.
  • Press CTRL+X to quit nano (and don’t forget to save).
  • Continue with the Second Method,




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