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Old 04-06-2005, 07:33 PM   #1
biojayc
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question about root


I just installed Ubuntu, and I don't believe I set up a root password. However, when I try to log in as root, it asks for a password, and if I leave it blank, it won't log in.

How do I log in as root without the password so that I can change it?

Would putting in the install cd and then mounting my harddrive, and using chroot to make the harddrive root work?

thanx
 
Old 04-06-2005, 07:39 PM   #2
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I have already answered you question in a previous post. Login as usual as a normal user, start a console/terminal, then do "sudo passwd root", enter a new password for root and your problem is solved.
 
Old 04-06-2005, 07:39 PM   #3
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if i remember correctly, ubuntu doesn't offer an actual root account, rather you su to root from user to perform the things you need to do as root.

check this site out:ubuntu root stuff
 
Old 04-06-2005, 07:41 PM   #4
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>>I have already answered you question in a previous post. Login as usual as a normal user, start a console/terminal, then do "sudo passwd root", enter a new password for root and your problem is solved.>>

and I answered this by saying that it errors when I type sudo in. It doesn't let me do anything with it.


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<<You can give root a password by doing "sudo root passwd" as a normal user.>>
actually, that's what you said. It was backwards, which may be why it didn't work. I'll go check it out the other way and see what happens.

Last edited by biojayc; 04-06-2005 at 07:44 PM.
 
Old 04-06-2005, 07:54 PM   #5
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tried it, doesn't work. The sudo command doesn't work at all because it doesn't recognize batman, which is my computer name. the reason I need to log in as root is because the file "/dev/hosts" needs to be editted I believe. However, because that file is wrong, I can't log in as root.

I think this is my problem. Basically I need to mount my filesystem and and get root access without any passwords. any ideas?
 
Old 04-06-2005, 08:35 PM   #6
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I think I got it all figured out now. Basically I had to put in the install cd, let it find my harddrive, mount my linux partition, and then make the changes to the /etc/hosts file that I needed to, reboot, and wala. Now I can use the sudo command just fine, and I can su to user and stuff. Thanx everyone for the help.
 
Old 04-06-2005, 11:58 PM   #7
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I corrected that post earlier on and should read "sudo passwd root".
 
  


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