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Old 09-04-2013, 09:42 PM   #1
mgunit13
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need to know about ROOT ACCESS


I'm very new to Linux as of past few days. I first installed Pin guy 12.04 which was running fine until all updates went in and it wouldn't load again. Anyways I ended up installing Ubuntu 13.04 and I was just curious what is the geniric password for ROOT or how do I make my own?
 
Old 09-04-2013, 09:58 PM   #2
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On Ubuntu, the default installation has the "root" account disabled, and login as "root" cannot be done. It you need to do something that requires root access, you need to, in a terminal, precede the command with a sudo and, when prompted, enter YOUR password.

If you invoke a command from an icon or menu that requires root access, a pop-up window should be displayed that informs you that "root access is need" and requests a password. The password you're expected to enter is, again, YOUR login password, not a password for the "root" account.

These default settings are easily changed, but I would strongly suggest that you do not do so until you are much more familiar with Linux/GNU operating systems.
 
Old 09-04-2013, 10:09 PM   #3
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Here's good article from Ubuntu that expands on PTrenholme's excellent comments:

https://help.ubuntu.com/community/RootSudo
 
Old 09-04-2013, 10:11 PM   #4
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well i never used ubuntu but to login as root on terminal you can type:

Code:
sudo -i                   #you dont have to give root password here give your normal account password. 

OR 

sudo -s                   #you dont have to give root password here give your normal account password. 


OR for graphical:

gksudo [appname]
And if you want to reset it:
Edit grub, go to single user mode and change the password.
(i will let you dig into it yourself so you can get it more clear) So Search for resetting root password on LQ.
 
Old 09-05-2013, 10:18 PM   #5
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Thank you all for your responses. I have so many more questions, that I don't even know where to start. I have been reading a lot (a ton of information on linux particuallary UBUNTU 13.04) but nothing seems to be right with my OS. First off, the GUI isn't the typical maruun color GUI wih colored icons. In fact is a blue stripped backround with Icons on the left that are black and white and I been reading articles on he different enviroments/themes but can not find the one tha I have, because I am doing the articles that say "30 must do thing's afer installing UBUNTU 13.04 or 15 things, etc". As I am going through them some say go to the privacy option (which I don't even have in system setting at all? Where do I find wha I am running on my system, where do I find device manager? and anohter thing is, some items that I want to change are GREYED OUT, and then there is other options that I go to change and it says I cannot do that because I don't have
 
Old 09-05-2013, 10:20 PM   #6
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OMG.....I don't know wha happened with the last post, bu I had a post 4 times the size of he one above. I will right it out later (in a document and re-post it)....bu thank you all for your help....
 
  


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