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Old 08-19-2007, 06:41 PM   #1
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logging into root

in ubuntu i go to the main menu where you log in and i type username as root and then the password, but it says

"the system administrator is not allowed to log in from this screen"


what do i do so i can log in as root
Old 08-19-2007, 07:49 PM   #2
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Try this at a terminal prompt after logging in as a normal user:

sudo -i
This will give you a bash shell as root.

or type ALT F2

gtksudo gedit
gtksudo logs you on as root (graphically) and runs the program given (here gedit) with root permissions.

The above should allow you to do everything you need to do as root.


Last edited by dennisk; 08-19-2007 at 07:51 PM.
Old 08-20-2007, 09:34 AM   #3
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you can enable the root account by setting a password for root. Log in as the adminstrator account you created during install, then "sudo passwd root". Type the password for the admin account, then type (and confirm) a password for root.


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