Well, my second suggestion about creating an account and SUing to root
should still be correct. Assuming of course that you can get in in
single user mode.
Take a look at /etc/ttys there may be something in there restricting it,
thats all I can think of.
Veronica Labarca wrote:
> Hi Chris,
> Thanks for your quick response. No. I mean root login at the console is
> dissallowed. Why??? Beats me! I got it that way.
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> Subject: Re: Enabling root login without an administrator account
> Veronica Labarca wrote:
>> I have inherited a FreeBSD server and need to change the apache
>> configuration, but cannot log in to the server. I have the root
>> password (and know how to change it if needed in any case). The
>> problem is that root login is disabled. There are various
>> administrative accounts on the server, but I don't have the password
>> to any of those. Can someone advise me as to either, how to get the
>> root login enabled or how to change the password on a different account?
>> Thanks for any help you can provide.
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> I'm assuming you mean root login via SSH is disabled (as is the default).
> IIRC, root can always login from the console.
> Login as root from the console (or boot into single user mode) and edit
> Uncomment "PermitRootLogin" line and change no to yes.
> An alternate (and better) solution is to create yourself a user account in
> the wheel group and use that to login then SU up to root.
Chris St Denis
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