by ignorance and error I renamed the user_name of the directory /home/, called frank_account (home/frank_account) to sixven(/home/sixven) (using gksudo nautilus). Restarting Ubuntu, I get 3 users: frank_account, sixven and guest. However, I can not access to any account with password, only the guest_account and is very limited. entering by tty (Ctrl+Alt+F1), I can log in with the user and pass sixven but I can not do sudo as it tells me sixven not in sudoers. And will not let me edit the etc/sudoers file. How I can fix this problem?

  • have you tried rebooting in single user mode and change things back from there?
    – Anthon
    Mar 12, 2014 at 19:38
  • @Anthon How i do that? I don't know how to do it. Mar 12, 2014 at 19:40
  • I am going to write up the answer with some screenshots, please bare with me.
    – Anthon
    Mar 12, 2014 at 19:42

2 Answers 2


You should restart your machine and replace init with bash:

  1. Reboot the computer and hold Shift, so that the grub menu appears:

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  2. Highlight the second entry and press e

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  3. Use to go to the line stating with linux, then use to go to ro and change it in rw, remove everything after that with init=/bin/bash

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  4. Following the instructions at the bottom press F10

After the message stop scrolling you should have a prompt:


which should allow you to roll-back the changes.

Afterwards reboot, by entering


and press reset

The changes to the grub menu are not saved.

  • And when i press enter. What Should i do ? Mar 12, 2014 at 20:00
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    When did you press Enter? Did you start before I made the changes?
    – Anthon
    Mar 12, 2014 at 20:05
  • This doesn't really put the user in Single user mode, it replaces Init with bash. Exit at the end causes a kernel panic and a hang, hence the OP question "And when I press enter, What do I do now ?"
    – X Tian
    Mar 13, 2014 at 1:18
  • @XTian, ou are right about the single user mode. I was documenting that process for single user mode (adding single at point 3), but changed my mind without updating the start of the answer.
    – Anthon
    Mar 13, 2014 at 5:16
  1. Download a live linux system (http://www.knoppix.org/, http://www.ubuntu.com, etc.)
  2. Burn ISO
  3. Start from CD-Rom
  4. Rename the home folder back to "frank_account"

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