I've lost my root password and I would like to recover it (as you might have guessed).

I have the passphrase but don't know what I can do with it ?


  • The passphrase supposedly is to unencrypt? Not related to the root password of the OS. – user772515 Jan 28 '18 at 23:44
  • As @MichaelBay asked - are you asked for a passphrase on bootup - and if so, is it used to decrypt a partition ? (If its not required to decrypt the partition /etc is mounted on - which is usually the root partition - you can reset the password without a passphrase) – davidgo Jan 29 '18 at 7:44

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