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yes you do, it's impossible to install without both, root isn't even created, it's just there in the config files on the installation media.
When you installed ubuntu you WILL have entered details for a personal user account with a password. If you really can't remember what these details were, try this... on the boot screen hit e to edit the options, select the default entry and then move to the long kernel line. then e to edit that. stick a "1" on the end, exit and then b to boot the system. This will then shortly let you run "useradd myusername" and then "passwd myusername" to set a user. then reboot and log in.
---------- Post added 02-10-11 at 02:58 PM ----------
Originally Posted by 0men
Hey, Welcome to the forums !
You dont have a root account ?
Thats okay, just jump in a terminal and type
"passwd root" and you should be able to set the root password
Then, when you want to use root to change system settings just use
Hope this helps.
no no, never do this. this is totally wrong, especially for ubuntu which does not use a model where root has a password. To become root on ubuntu you should run "sudo -i" for a login shell, or "sudo <command name> to run a single command.
Last edited by acid_kewpie; 10-02-2011 at 08:59 AM.
you should have been created a user and set a password while installing Ubuntu. When you boot Ubuntu it should show an authentication screen and then you can choose the user and type the password. If you forgot your password you can boot on recovery mode and then when you have the command line you type passwd theusername and then type a new password.
theusername = the username shown in the authentication screen.
Under Ubuntu you don't need to get root access you can use the sudo command to get root previleges