This tutorial by FreeBSD user M.el Khamlichi shows us how to reset or recover your root password on FreeBSD 10.
Let me show you How to Reset or Recover Root Password on FreeBSD 10.
My system:root@Freebsd-unixmen:~ # uname -a FreeBSD Freebsd-unixmen 10.1-RELEASE-p6 FreeBSD 10.1-RELEASE-p6 #0: Tue Feb 24 19:00:21 UTC 2015 firstname.lastname@example.org:/usr/obj/usr/src/sys/GENERIC amd64 root@Freebsd-unixmen:~ #
Step 1: Start FreeBSD server/workstation.
Step 2: type number 2 key to access single user mode
Next you will see the following prompt from system:
When prompted Enter full path name of shell or RETURN for /bin/sh:
Press Enter key to boot into a single user mode. Next, you will be immediately dropped into a single user mode without a root password.
Step 3: Mount the file system
You need to remount / (root) file system in read and write mode with mount command, type the following commands:# mount -u / # mount -a
if you get this problem above . please fix it like this.#fsck -y# mount -u / # mount -a
Step 4: Setup a new password for root user:# passwd
Next type exit command to boot FreeBSD into multi-user mode environment:# exit; exit
OR You can just reboot the system:# sync;sync # reboot