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Old 12-15-2008, 10:19 PM   #1
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o.k. how can one change the root password?

Having a blast with Linux as a newbie. But I have one mystery in progress.

I have Ubuntu 8.10 on a second partition and now in Windows I have a virtual install of AndLinux. (the AndLinux uses Ubunto 7.10)

In both installs, I was never asked to set the root password. I just setup my main ueer id.

I've had no problem using "sudo" to do root operations, but if I try and use "su", I get no where as I don't know the root password.

Anyone have an answer? (I certainly hope it's not a "start at the beginning and install your Linux again, as I have a ton of goodies working already).

Thank you for the help guys!

Search only had ideas on MySql and other lost passwords.
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IIRC you can just use sudo su and then the passwd command. I haven't used Ubuntu for a while now though...
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Here is how to set the Ubuntu root password:

Here is how to allow root logins at the login screen:

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Old 12-16-2008, 12:44 AM   #4
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Red face password help

$ sudo passwd

prompt u to type new pass

Enter new password

Password accepted succesfully
Old 12-16-2008, 10:20 PM   #5
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YES!!! I've been able to set the Root password now on Ubuntu.

AndLinux is a bit strange as it doesn't carry out the command, but then I've found the NT console is going all the way down to the # rompt, so maybe that's another avenue for me to check out.

Long story short....THANK those who left great ideas to follow. Hoping you're headed for a great holiday.


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