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Old 04-29-2008, 10:53 AM   #1
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Knoppix - root password?

When I try to run certain packages, disk administration for example, on the Knoppix live DVD it asks for the root password, I've tried all the obvious ones (blank, knoppix, root, etc.) but no go. So what is the root password for applications running from the live DVD?
Old 04-29-2008, 11:05 AM   #2
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I don't think there is a password. Just issue the command su -. Note that's su space dash.
Old 05-01-2008, 04:59 AM   #3
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Thanks for the reply Bigrigdriver but it didn't work.

I'm trying to run disk administrator and after failing the password I get the error message "failed to run disk administrator as user root:"
Old 05-01-2008, 05:42 AM   #4
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Is there 'sudo' configured for the default user? If yes, try
sudo command
or if you feel brave (as in "doing it anyway"),
sudo su -
I haven't used the recent versions of Knoppix, but the last one I did use..I don't remember there being a root password at all - or if there was, I never heard about it. Typically live-cds don't have root password, or if they do, it's not advertised anywhere - instead they use something like 'sudo' to grant root privileges for the user.
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Old 05-01-2008, 12:42 PM   #5
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Look for a user management utility - under KNOPPIX I believe - and you can set a root password there. There is a 'Set Root Password' or 'Manage User Accounts' option, something like that. By default there is no password for the root account so you need to set one before you can use disk utilities.
Old 05-01-2008, 06:09 PM   #6
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I dont know what a disk administrator is, however,
my clock apps has root priviledges. A dialog popup reads.

Run as root - KDE su

The action you requested needs root
priviledges. Please enter root's password
below or click to continue with your
current priviledges.

kde-clock.desktop --lang en_US

If this is what your getting at, then use the terminal and make a new password with
$ sudo passwd
Enter new UNIX password:
Retype new UNIX password:
passwd: password updated successfully

read man passwd for more info

Old 10-02-2009, 10:52 AM   #7
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Just a kind bump of this one (doing a favor - don't ask)

- Open a plain terminal.

- Type in: sudo su - <ENTER>

- Next type in: sudo su && passwd <ENTER>

- Next type in: exit <ENTER>

You can now type in a password and confirm it. That will be the root's password for that session.
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