How to recover deleted /etc/passwd file in linux


For this you have to following steps, –

Start GRUB on boot (press ESC while booting) –

Press e over (recovery mode) –

Press e over the line beginning with kernel –

Press Space bar and enter “init=/bin/bash” –

Press enter –

Press b –

At command prompt type: “cp /etc/passwd- /etc/passwd” –

reboot to GRUB again –

Press e over (recovery mode) –

Press e over the line beginning with kernel –

Press Space bar and enter “init=/bin/bash” –

Press enter –

Press b –

At command prompt type “mount -o remount,rw /”

Type “passwd YOURUSERNAMEHERE”

Enter new password at prompt –

reboot to normal boot.

### Then to recover /etc/shadow file, Use following command pwconf

This command will generate /etc/shadow file from /etc/passwd

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Hi All I am Manish Kumar Jha aka Alex Hunt. I am currently working in VMware Software India Pvt Ltd as Operations System Engineer (vCloud Air Operations). I have around 5 Years of IT experience and have exposure on VMware vSphere, vCloud Director, RHEL and modern data center technologies like Cisco UCS and Cisco Nexus 1000v and NSX. If you find any post informational to you please press like and share it across social media and leave your comments if you want to discuss further on any post. Disclaimer: All the information on this website is published in good faith and for general information purpose only. I don’t make any warranties about the completeness, reliability and accuracy of this information. Any action you take upon the information you find on this blog is strictly at your own risk. The Views and opinions published on this blog are my own and not the opinions of my employer or any of the vendors of the product discussed.
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