set up a root password

cliff weisgerber cliff at
Tue Aug 5 17:07:28 UTC 2008

I have been a UN*X guru since the PDP days of Bell Labs and then Berkeley
and then...and then linux.  My first experience with kubuntu left me
wondering how to get root access, which is necessary.  I don't think it is
unwise to offer this info.  More like it is unwise to try to hide root
access.  If folks blow their system up, so be it.  Hopefully, lesson

Cliff "...and now...a Scotsman on a horse..."

-----Original Message-----
From: kubuntu-users-bounces at
[mailto:kubuntu-users-bounces at] On Behalf Of Gordon Schulz
Sent: Tuesday, August 05, 2008 10:58 AM
To: Kubuntu Help and User Discussions
Subject: Re: set up a root password

On Tue, 05 Aug 2008 12:57, Derek Broughton <news at> wrote:

> I respect your right to install a root password, I just
> think it a very bad idea to tell newbies to do that as their first task -
> and then laugh about how they might screw everything up if they aren't
> careful.
Signed. As one also pointing out in this thread how to set a root
password - not that I'd tell new users to do that, but being able to
properly su'ing into root makes doing extensive administrative tasks a
lot easier than sudo'ing around. 

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