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Old 09-08-2005, 05:31 PM   #1
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How do I get my root password in Ubuntu?


I just installed Ubuntu and the only password I remember creating was my login one and it isn't working to enter root. How do I get my root password if you don't know it?
 
Old 09-08-2005, 05:40 PM   #2
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i believe ubuntu uses sudo.
 
Old 09-08-2005, 05:44 PM   #3
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I type "sudo" and it gives me:

usage: sudo -K | -L | -V | -h | -k | -l | -v
usage: sudo [-HPSb] [-p prompt] [-u username|#uid]
{ -e file [...] | -i | -s | <command> }

What do I do?
 
Old 09-08-2005, 05:46 PM   #4
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ok, type su at the prompt, then give it ur user password
sudo su may work as well, I haven't messed with sudo too much
 
Old 09-08-2005, 05:54 PM   #5
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Yeah it is telling me the password is wrong. So back to the original question, how do I find out what my root password is?
 
Old 09-08-2005, 06:00 PM   #6
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Ubuntu specifically doesn't use the root account without much tweaking. If you want to do something that needs root access, type sudo <command> and then input your user password.
 
Old 09-08-2005, 06:11 PM   #7
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I want to install divx, do I not need to go into root? How do I install programs in Ubuntu? I learned how in Mandrake but I had to go into root.
 
Old 09-08-2005, 06:15 PM   #8
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For Ubuntu, to execute a command as root, just prefix it with "sudo". If prompted for a password, give it your user password.

FYI, A search would've turned up threads like:
http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...+root+password
http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...+root+password
 
Old 09-09-2005, 12:38 AM   #9
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Here is a good resource.http://ubuntuguide.org/
I am a newb to ubuntu and this answered most of my questions.

I used to hate sudo, but I have a real bad habit of doing too much as root.
Sudo helps only be root when you need to be.

To install from command line you only need to open a terminal and:

sudo apt-get install <name of package>
enter password for sudo.(same as your login.)

Regards,
Blair
 
Old 09-09-2005, 11:46 AM   #10
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I love sudo.

Great for giving some users very limited rootish powers.
 
  


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