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Old 10-20-2010, 09:13 PM   #1
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Question "Unable to locate package root-system-bin"


I type in root, it says root is not currently installed and tells me what to type in to install it; I type that in and I get the error message "Unable to locate package root-system-bin"... I'm using Ubuntu 10.10 and I just installed it onto an older HP laptop...
 
Old 10-20-2010, 09:18 PM   #2
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so.. what is your goal here?
 
Old 10-20-2010, 09:22 PM   #3
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Just trying to make sure I installed it correctly with everything that I need to actually use it.
 
Old 10-20-2010, 09:24 PM   #4
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I'm having similar issue, and my end goal is to be able to use root user on the terminal. This is the first time using ubuntu, in redhat and suse, I was able to use root.
 
Old 10-20-2010, 09:27 PM   #5
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I type in root, it says root is not currently installed and tells me what to type in to install it; I type that in and I get the error message "Unable to locate package root-system-bin"... I'm using Ubuntu 10.10 and I just installed it onto an older HP laptop...
I might be missing something here, but "root" is a user. Are you typing root into a login prompt or at the terminal after you've logged in?

You might find this link useful. It's where I started anyway. It covers some good basics without being boring.

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Old 10-20-2010, 09:36 PM   #6
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Smile

Thanks, damgar, that'll definitely help.
 
Old 10-20-2010, 09:39 PM   #7
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No problem. Welcome to LQ. I hope you have fun and learn a lot....so you can help me!
 
Old 10-20-2010, 10:07 PM   #8
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so, how do you use root user from the terminal?...with suse I was able switch to root user in the terminal...if try the same with ubuntu I get the same message joe got
 
Old 10-20-2010, 10:16 PM   #9
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By default you use sudo. If you want to do something that root normally does you do
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sudo updatedb
for instance which will run that command as if it were run by root. For persistence there is
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sudo su
or myriad other ways. If you want to actually login as root you have set a root password, which I don't remember how to do at the moment, but it is easy to find using google. Other ways to become root can be found here.
 
Old 10-20-2010, 10:19 PM   #10
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thanx a lot, I was able to use sudo, but unable to use sudo for everything root does, for instance init...I would get that same message that root is not installed
 
Old 10-20-2010, 10:21 PM   #11
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damgar..disregard my last post...I didn't finish reading your last post...thanx once again
 
Old 10-20-2010, 10:42 PM   #12
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Not a problem. BTW to set a root password you should be able to just do
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sudo passwd
as your administrative user and then su into root as normal. GUI logins used to take some fiddling with GDM but that may or may not be the case anymore. Just to get ahead of the curve, I'll go ahead and say that it is recommended not to do these things, but I tend to believe that sometimes it's neccessary or just a lot easier to log in as root and then exit when I'm done.
 
  


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