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Old 01-03-2007, 05:24 AM   #1
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How do i set my super user password?

I am having trouble making myself a super user... i dont remember it asking me for a root/super user password! help me!
(BTW im using edgy and it is my first linux install, i need it because wen i try to install my video driver with terminal...)
Old 01-03-2007, 05:33 AM   #2
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ubuntu uses sudo for everything....

 sudo passwd
will set your root password.
Old 01-03-2007, 05:34 AM   #3
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Drat. I didn't realize that sudo wouldn't ask for the root password. This may only be for the 1st normal user. Ignore my pre-edited advice.

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Old 01-03-2007, 05:36 AM   #4
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You will need your root password for lots of things! Most distros make you set a root password during installation but ubuntu works a little differently.

It's explained here:

You might also want to read this post:
Old 01-03-2007, 11:36 AM   #5
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You don't need a root password in Ubuntu.

Just use sudo or gksudo for any administrative tasks you need to accomplish.

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