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I forgot my user password

If a regular (non-root) user forgets his/her password, this is not a problem since root can change any password. For example (as root):

passwd barbara

will prompt for a new password for the user "barbara" (no knowledge of the old password required by root). If a regular user (non-root) wants to change his/her password, s/he will be asked for the old password first. (This is a security feature so nobody changes your password if you have left your terminal unattended.)

Last Update: 2010-12-16