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The Unofficial Ubuntu Starter Guide
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Q: How to modify kernel boot-up arguments, to gain root user access?

  1. Read General Notes
  2. Boot-up computer
  3. If GRUB menu is hidden, press 'Esc' to enter the GRUB menu
  4. If GRUB password is set, press 'p' to unlock the GRUB menu
  5. Select
    Ubuntu, kernel 2.6.10-5-386
  6. Press 'e' to edit the commands before booting
  7. Select
    kernel  /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.10-5-386 root=/dev/hda2 ro quiet splash
  8. Press 'e' to edit the selected command in the boot sequence
  9. Add "rw init=/bin/bash" to the end of the arguments
    grub edit> kernel  /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.10-5-386 root=/dev/hda2 ro quiet splash rw init=/bin/bash
  10. Press 'b' to boot
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