administrator privileges for desktop 8.04

David Hughes sunji.roaoul at
Tue Apr 7 02:56:58 BST 2009

you want to use sudo.  sudo prompts you for your own password, and logs your
use for the sysadmin, which is the folks up at ubuntu.

if you want to operate fully as root, use "sudo bash".

On Mon, Apr 6, 2009 at 7:52 PM, Tom Poe <tompoe at> wrote:

> I want to run /usr/bin/updatedb on my newly installed Ubuntu 8.04.  How
> do I do that?
> Tom
> tom at tom-desktop:~$ su
> Password:
> su: Authentication failure
> tom at tom-desktop:~$ cd /usr/bin
> tom at tom-desktop:/usr/bin$ updatedb
> updatedb: can not open a temporary file for `/var/lib/mlocate/mlocate.db'
> tom at tom-desktop:/usr/bin$
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