for everyone whose sick of sudo read this

Colin Watson cjwatson at
Wed Jun 29 18:11:28 UTC 2005

On Wed, Jun 29, 2005 at 10:49:19PM +0500, Mustafa Abbasi wrote:
> well when i installed ubuntu the one thing i hated was that i could not 
> login as root.
> hated it.
> so i found i work around.
> 1. start your computer and select the recovery option from grub.
> 2. now you are automatically root.
> 3. change the root password.[ iam not sure about the command since it was 
> some time ago but i think it is passwd.
> 4. enter the new password
> 5. now restart your computer

We documented a much simpler solution almost a year ago that does not
require a reboot:

> 6.login to gnome as a regular user
> 7.go to system --->admininstration---->login screen setup
> go to security and and root to login.
> 9. restart and login as root.

Of course you can do as you like, but don't say you weren't warned;
running your desktop as root is dangerous, and leaves you much more open
to potential future vulnerabilities than you would otherwise have been.


Colin Watson                                       [cjwatson at]

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