set up a root password

Girard Henri girardhenri at
Tue Aug 5 08:45:21 UTC 2008

>From time to time this question is asked !
It should be better to write it down on kubuntu or ubuntu doc
I think it's somewhere anyhow because i found it one day :) 
x...buntu family use sudo with an user at installation
I don't like it though i am using it for few years now
i like to decide myself what i have to do... open mind !!
then you use sudo and you are ask for your password !
if you want to create a root passwd and work as root
do this :
but if you break your linux one day don't complain :) lol
in a shell :
sudo passwd root 
and you are asked for your password and an unix one :)
then you should get "ok"
su root and password and you become root
to install it in gdm or kdm go to /etc/gdm or kdm  .conf
and change allowrootlogin=false to true
save and restart the manager
/etc/init.d/gdm or kdm restart
then you should be able to work as root
often it doesn't work so well
for kdm_kde4 you have to find it in /usr/lib/kde4/apps/kdm.conf
but i am not sure where exactly it is as i don't use it .. it's crap on
my computer !
on ubuntu i use gdm and installed kde4.1 after from ppa..
wish you good enjoying :)

Le mardi 05 août 2008 à 10:05 +0200, Ulrich Grün a écrit :
> 2008/8/5 Gordon Schulz <gordon.schulz at>:
> > On Tue, 05 Aug 2008 00:15, Sadik AYTAC <osaytac at> wrote:
> >
> >> During install I was not asked to set up a root password and the user I've
> >> set up does not have admin privilages..  How do I get the root?
> > What others already said... But if you are like me and don't like the whole
> > sudo thing - 'sudo passwd' will allow you to set a seperate root
> > password.
> But then you still need to use sudo, since every application that
> needs root-privileges, will ask for your sudo passwd.
> This behaviour could probably be changed as well, but I don't know how.
> -- 
> Greetings,
> Ulrich
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