How to change recover root password in single user mode in Debian OS

To change/recover root password in Debian,

1) Boot server into grub, select single user.

2) Press e to enable edit mode. Scroll down to the kernel line which starts with “linux /boot/vmlinuz-2.x…….”

Scroll to the end of that line and press space key once only and type


3) Press Crtl x to boot

4) Remount '/' partition

$ remount / as rw
$ mount -rw -o remount /

5) Change password with command

$ passwd

You're done !

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