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Old 11-03-2005, 04:46 AM   #1
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does Ubuntu have a root


i installed ubuntu 5.04 for intel x86 and i have no idea how to go about it as i was not asked for once to provide root password. its different from redhat 9 which i had been using previously. so whats the architecture of this baby. can some one tell me plz. where can i find the root password as i have no idea where to go.
more over it has totem player and music player for playing sound and videos but both of the doent support mp3 format. where can i find codecs for them.
i will be very obliged of ur kind help.
 
Old 11-03-2005, 06:09 AM   #2
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Try searching for the forums, it's been asked once or twice before. Short answer - there is no root user as such, you use the "su" command as a normal user to execute various tasks.
 
Old 11-03-2005, 06:30 AM   #3
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Only a small number of distros disallow logging in as root and Ubuntu is one of those buggers.
 
Old 11-03-2005, 09:37 AM   #4
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I was also very confused when I installed Ubuntu for the first time and I wasn't asked for the root password.

After a bit of googling, I found the answer in the Ubuntu faq: What's the root password? How do I use the root account?

After reading this info, I ended up creating a separate root account for my Ubuntu box. I'm used to doing things the traditional way.

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Old 11-03-2005, 09:40 AM   #5
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Quote:
Originally posted by fouldsy
you use the "su" command as a normal user to execute various tasks.
You meant "sudo," right?
 
Old 11-03-2005, 09:55 AM   #6
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Quote:
You meant "sudo," right?
just checking if anyone was paying attention ...
 
Old 11-03-2005, 10:14 AM   #7
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I am impressed by this su and sudo thing but Ubuntu has a "root terminal" under "system" icon already!

Logging to root terminal is not the same thing as working in X Windows with root privilege.
 
Old 11-03-2005, 10:17 AM   #8
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Hijacking the thread a tad:

I was trying to set up FreeBSD for my gf to be the same as Ubuntu, which she's used to already. When it came to sudo, I just gave her root access to all commands, no messing.

Is that what Ubuntu does, or is it more subtle and sophisticated than that in it's sudoers configuration?
 
Old 11-04-2005, 05:33 AM   #9
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if you're looking for codecs try this site: http://ubuntuguide.org
more specifically: http://ubuntuguide.org/#codecs

also this site has some great intel: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/RestrictedFormats

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Old 11-05-2005, 06:28 PM   #10
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thank u(all of u)

thanx folk for helping me in any capacity.
 
  


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