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vanigh 07-24-2006 09:01 PM

apt error message
I installed ubuntu yesterday, it went pretty well, today i'm trying to fiddle with apt i'm getting this message, i'm new to linux and have difficulty interperting this error message

neshan@Neshan:~$ su
asu: Authentication failure
neshan@Neshan:~$ apt-get update
E: Could not open lock file /var/lib/apt/lists/lock - open (13 Permission denied)
E: Unable to lock the list directory
Is it because i'm not loged as root, how do i log as root?

what am i doing wrong, your expert advice is appreciated.

binary_y2k2 07-24-2006 09:22 PM

use sudo insted of su
ubuntu disables root by default (as a security feature)
if you want to enable it just type

sudo passwd root
enter YOUR password first, then what you want the root password to be twice.

vanigh 07-24-2006 09:34 PM

Thank you, it worked, didn't know about sudo, i should collect more info about Ubuntu...


sparton 07-28-2006 10:23 AM


sudo apt-get update
Save you from enabling the root account

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