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Old 06-27-2011, 10:24 PM   #1
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Red face What happened to my root user

I just installed umbutu 10 on a virtual machine running on VMware workstation 7

Workstation asked me for a username & password, which I supplied.

The install went fine, and I logged on with the credintials that I provided to WorkStation. So far so good.

I then downloaded Webmin and installed it, again no problems.

I go to the provided link: https://localhost:10000 and it wants me to log-in as root.

But I don't have the root password and checking umbutu it does not appear that I have a root user so that I can set a password

Old 06-27-2011, 10:34 PM   #2
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If you want to play by Ubuntu's rules, someone will show you a work around sooner or later. If no one knows it here, try posting at their forums.

If you want a functional root account, run this on the terminal:
sudo passwd root
, give your password then pick one for root.
Old 06-28-2011, 08:38 AM   #3
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Also, the "HELP!! HELP!!" thing is really annoying, immature and doesn't make people want to help, at least in my opinion.
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With Ubuntu the root user account is disabled by default due to the fact that Ubuntu's user base has a lot of non-Linux savy users so their suggested method for accessing the root account is sudo for individual commands or "sudo -i" as a command by itself if you need more extended control which actually logs you in as root. Otherwise use "sudo passwd root" to activate the root user account
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Ok, I worked through the nuances <sic> of Umbutu & Webmin and got things working.

Thank you to all who provided help.

Hoping we all have matured :P


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