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Old 02-17-2012, 06:06 PM   #1
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Root password?

Hi there, I just got a used system from a friend and it had Ubuntu installed (10.17 or something like that) Upgraded to 11.10 when prompted and then tried to install Xampp. Instructions said to log in as root. At the terminal, even though I am logged in as Username(administrator) the terminal prompts for user@user. I have tried every password, have tried logging in as Sudo u and entering every password. Help me out here..I am sorry if I haven't completely communicated the issue as I don't fully understand it myself.
Old 02-17-2012, 06:14 PM   #2
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Ubuntu disables root access by default. use `sudo -i'. When prompted for a password, enter the password you login with. If that should fail, it means you do not have sudoers access. To add yourself you will need to access the contents of /etc/sudoers in another way. (Rescue CDs are good for this.)
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Old 02-17-2012, 06:21 PM   #3
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Smile Thank you!!

You just saved me a lot of time! Thank you very much for your quick and helpful suggestion.


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