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Old 02-08-2011, 11:41 AM   #1
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Question how to get a superuser password?


I have a regular password and a masterpassword, but sometimes I am being asked for a superuserpassword? I have no scripting experience and a very basic idea of how linux works. I am trying to get enough of a handle on this OS, so I can use it comfortably. I know you must have had this question posted many times, but I am very new to Fedora 14 (or any Linux Distribution. So thank you ahead of time to anyone can put this into into my MICROSOFT brain.

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Old 02-08-2011, 12:11 PM   #2
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Masterpassword? Never heard of it. You should have a password for your user and the root password. Root being all powerful and is sometimes called the superuser. When you installed Fedora you would have been prompted to create a root password.
 
Old 02-08-2011, 12:36 PM   #3
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Master password would be the password for Root. To see if you know it, open a terminal and type su then hit enter. You will be prompted for a password. Superuser is much like an administrator account in Microshaft. It is the only user that can make system wide configuration changes. Hope this helps
 
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I have a regular password and a masterpassword, but sometimes I am being asked for a superuserpassword? I have no scripting experience and a very basic idea of how linux works. I am trying to get enough of a handle on this OS, so I can use it comfortably. I know you must have had this question posted many times, but I am very new to Fedora 14 (or any Linux Distribution. So thank you ahead of time to anyone can put this into into my MICROSOFT brain.

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Hi, welcome to LQ!


As others pointed out - there's no such thing as a "master password" in Linux.
Also it's bad practice to supply passwords in scripts. Rather have the script
executed from an ordinary account, and permit the use of sudo w/o a password.



Cheers,
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