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Joseph-18
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Date: Sun, 11 Dec 2005 13:18:25 -0500
From: "Joe(theWordy)Philbrook" <[hidden email]>
Subject: root password...[ubuntu 5.10 installation
issues]
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About the root password...
During the install of ubuntu 5.10, I _WAS_ asked for a
non-root
username
and password. (which I always set to a generic user
that I only use
until
I can manually configure what I want in /etc/skel And
then manually
create my regular user accounts with specific user
ID's that remain the
same on ALL of my linux file systems...)

BUT it did _NOT_ ask me for a root password, nor did
it ask me to take
note of a default root password... thus I can't even
su to root to
make the configuration changes I need, in order to be
able to stand
ubuntu... such as force run level 3 booting and use
startx to
optionally fire up the gui etc... etc...

Is it normal for the installer to skip asking the user
for the root
password???

Is there a default root password on the ubuntu 5.10
default install?

Else, what do I gotta do to fix that? (I may not
exactly be a linux
newbie but I never had to do that before...)

Thanks in advance!

                Joe
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Hello Joe,

  I had the same confusion when I did my first install
of the Ubuntu.  Uhmmn, I didn't read the docs either.
Happens to the best of us. =)  By design you have to
use sudo for everything or you can also enable root.
Check out the following:

Sudo
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sudo

Enable Root
http://help.ubuntu.com/starterguide/C/faqguide-all.html#setchangeenablerootpassword

Thanks,
Joe






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Re: Root password

chrisccoulson

Yes, it is normal.  Ubuntu does not set a root password at installation.
It is an option done by the user later (again, optional) as a lot of
users, I think, use their main account as a root-enable-thru-sudo
account.  If you'd like to set your root password login as your admin
account and do the following:

sudo passwd root

or check additional instructions at the 'Ubuntu Guide: User
Administration' (http://www.ubuntuguide.org/#usersadministration)


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Re: Root password

Joe(theWordy)Philbrook
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It would appear that on Dec 11, Joseph did say:

> Hello Joe,
>
>   I had the same confusion when I did my first install
> of the Ubuntu.  Uhmmn, I didn't read the docs either.
> Happens to the best of us. =)  By design you have to
> use sudo for everything or you can also enable root.
> Check out the following:
>
> Sudo
> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sudo
>
> Enable Root
> http://help.ubuntu.com/starterguide/C/faqguide-all.html#setchangeenablerootpassword


Thanks for the links...

As to NOT reading all the ubuntu docs before installing it as one of my
4 active linux distros on my multi-boot pc I can only plead that thanks
to being out of work for about a week due to a knee injury, I have a
narrow window of time to get it running and configured such as I can
stand to use it before I'll have to go back to work. If I spent that
time trying to pre-read all the docs I'd run out of time before I
started, & I doubt I'd get another chance to spend more than a half hr at
a time on it for almost another year.

So it was try to wing it or forget about it.

Thanks again!
        Joe

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