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Old 01-23-2018, 11:20 AM   #1
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Unable to find Administrators password does not recognize my login password the only password I entered at setup of Linux


I downloaded Linux Mint 18.2 Sylvie and setup my login password when requested. Did not get a link regarding Administrators password so never set one up. I have old data backed up on IDrive.com and had the tech for IDrive guiding me on loading the script for IDrive. They had me go to the terminal and enter su then enter my password which failed. The tech said that I needed to inter the Administrators password to go forward with loading the IDrive backup script. My question is how do I locate my Administrators password or even change the password.
Any info would be greatly appreciated.
 
Old 01-23-2018, 12:03 PM   #2
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I downloaded Linux Mint 18.2 Sylvie and setup my login password when requested. Did not get a link regarding Administrators password so never set one up. I have old data backed up on IDrive.com and had the tech for IDrive guiding me on loading the script for IDrive. They had me go to the terminal and enter su then enter my password which failed. The tech said that I needed to inter the Administrators password to go forward with loading the IDrive backup script. My question is how do I locate my Administrators password or even change the password.
Any info would be greatly appreciated.
Hi scholarsgold - welcome to LQ.

I rarely use Mint, not sure how it normally sets the root (administrator) password (in Arch, this is done during installation ...). Have you tried running the script using sudo instead of su ? sudo will ask you for your user password, and as long as your account is set up with sudo privileges (via sudoers ...), you'll be able to run stuff reserved for root. If your user id is NOT yet set up with sudo privileges, let us know and we'll help you.

Alternatively, perhaps members more familiar with Mint can shed some light on the root password question.

Cheers !

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Old 01-23-2018, 12:22 PM   #3
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Since Mint is based upon Ubuntu there isn't a root password. As suggested you need to run the script using sudo with your username's login password.
 
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Old 01-23-2018, 02:53 PM   #4
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In the first post of this thread, on Mint live the OP used command:
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sudo su
 
Old 01-23-2018, 03:08 PM   #5
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In the first post of this thread, on Mint live the OP used command:
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sudo su
Hi Brains - I'm not sure what your point is, but I was just suggesting that the OP simply run the script by using sudo (which will ask for his regular user password) instead of su (which will ask for root's password, which from what michaelk has said, is not provided in Ubuntu-based distros).

Cheers.
 
Old 01-23-2018, 03:37 PM   #6
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Hi Brains - I'm not sure what your point is, but I was just suggesting that the OP simply run the script by using sudo (which will ask for his regular user password) instead of su (which will ask for root's password, which from what michaelk has said, is not provided in Ubuntu-based distros).

Cheers.
This command works on my Ubuntu live also, you get a root prompt. Just another option the OP can try. How do we know there are no sub commands? I have run into issues where a command in the script also required root, this is where initiating a script as sudo sometimes fail.

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Old 01-23-2018, 03:58 PM   #7
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As mentioned above, use sudo su, not su.

See https://forums.linuxmint.com/viewtopic.php?t=250532 for a short explanation.
 
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