set up a root password

Gene Heskett gene.heskett at
Tue Aug 5 22:40:55 UTC 2008

On Tuesday 05 August 2008, Derek Broughton wrote:
>Gene Heskett wrote:
>> OTOH, that shell with root priv's should somehow make itself marked as
>> such by a border color change or something, as when popping around to the
>> various terminal shells running, it would be too easy to hit the wrong but
>> root shell and mess the whole thing up.
>Can you imagine a way to do this?  It's a good idea, but I don't know if it
>could be done.
I would think that the /root/.bashrc could effect that.

>> I could log into.  But its a one way street, because the only way to undo
>> it
>> seems to be a re-install.  Which I did on that box.
>Just lock the root account.  "sudo passwd -l root".  "root" already exists
>on any Linux system, so this is how its implemented in Ubuntu.

Yes, but what happens to sudu under that lock?

Cheers, Gene
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