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Old 08-03-2012, 08:35 PM   #1
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Red face can't get updates??


Hello All, I am a new linux user. I have ubuntu installed. When I try to get updates I am having problems. I am prompted for a system password in order to make any changes. But when I installed ubuntu I did not setup my system to need a password. So how do I fix this problem so I can download updates?

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Old 08-03-2012, 08:45 PM   #2
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Normally, you would need to have created a password, even if you told Ubuntu to boot into your user space without asking for a password.

That password would be the one you should enter.

If you have forgotten the password, this article should help:

https://help.ubuntu.com/11.04/ubuntu...npassword.html
 
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Old 08-03-2012, 08:50 PM   #3
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Hello All, I am a new linux user. I have ubuntu installed. When I try to get updates I am having problems. I am prompted for a system password in order to make any changes. But when I installed ubuntu I did not setup my system to need a password. So how do I fix this problem so I can download updates?

Thanks,
tennisbum
When I installed Ubuntu I did not set up a password either.
However when I go to open/start my firewall or use Synaptic Package Mgr it ask's me for my root for authentication.

Your root password may be all that you need.
Hope this helps.
 
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Old 08-05-2012, 08:04 PM   #4
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Normally, (and Ubuntu is abnormal in this respect!) Ubuntu defaults to disabling the root acct, and instead setting up the first (non-root) user created during install as having full sudo rights to root cmds thus
Code:
sudo <some privileged cmd>
passwd:
#here you  supply your user's passwd, not the (non-existent) root passwd
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