root password

David david at
Sun Sep 25 23:14:03 UTC 2005

On Sun, Sep 25, 2005 at 12:47:12PM -0400, MrKnisely wrote:
> Eamonn Sullivan wrote:
> >1. sudo -i
> >2. type in *your* password.
> >3. you're root.
> >
> >
> >
> >Ubuntu uses sudo (like many modern Unices, like Mac OS X). The stages
> >you'll go through are the following:
> >
> >1. Confusion (current stage)
> >2. Anger ("I'm not a child! Give me root account!")
> >3. Denial (you'll create a root account by doing sudo passwd)
> >4. Acceptance (Well, OK, I'll try it like this for a while.)
> >5. Then you like it.
> >
> >Trust me on this one.
> >
> >-Eamonn

> Stuck in denial and will be for life.  When I want to be root, I want to 
> be root.
> Yes, "sudo su" "sudo -i"  and other methods work...  but I still like to 
> BE root.
> MrKnisely

I know this gets done to death and this email is probably noise, but here 
goes anyway:

I can't see the problem for most people who are going to be using 
terminals on a desktop. There is an option for a root terminal, so what's 
the gripe? If you are using admin tools like networking, surely you want 
password protection anyway.

I just set up my first Ubuntu server (easy! excellent!) and activating 
root made sense to me there because virtually every command turned out to 
need sudo and there was no gui to provide a root terminal.

Like many people here, I use Mac OSX regularly and the lack of a root 
account is invisible. Most mac users don't even know what it is! Ubuntu is 
really no different.

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