Unknown root password in SuSE Linux

After I installed Suse Linux Enterprise Desktop 10, I tried to update it. It prompted me for a root password even though the install hadn’t asked for one — it had only created a regular user. Sudo didn’t help.

I tried booting in single-user mode, but that also prompted me for the root password.

Finally, I appended init=/bin/bash to the Linux boot command in GRUB. That booted me in a passwordless command line, letting me run passwd and fix things.

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