Originally Posted by unclesamcrazy
What would happen, if I edit /etc/passwd and change root's user id and group id from 0:0 to 1001:1000 a unique user id and exist normal group id.
How would I perform root's task?
Don't mess with /etc/passwd with an editor.
Assuming you are using a Ubuntu or Mint or similar distro:-
Signon as the user you created during the install (it will likely have a userid in /etc/passwd of 1000).
sudo whatever command line you want to run as root...
Then enter your password
, when prompted.
BTW If you should ever find a way to sign in as root directly, don't do it