Could not run "su" -> network-admin

Riaan Schoeman riaans at
Thu Sep 14 09:41:47 UTC 2006

My root account was activated, and I am able to log in as root, and I
can also switch to root, so su works, its just through network-admin
that it does not work, and i've tried reinstalling gnome-system-tools (I
think that's the package containing network-admin, cant remember now, i
did search for the package that contains it)

Sorry I just reread my previous post, I did not make it clear enough
that my root account is activated.

NetworkManager also does not pick up my network interfaces, but I take
it this problem is related to my su/network-admin prob.


On Thu, 2006-09-14 at 11:26 +0200, Tchize wrote:
> That's because 'su' switch you to user 'root' and, by default, in ubuntu
> the root account is deactivated. All administration operation should use
> sudo.
> To activate root account:
> sudo bash
> passwd
> <type a new root password>
> exit
> now su should work and you can log in as root too.
> Riaan Schoeman a écrit :
> > Hi,
> >
> > I'm abit stuck, and I've been google'ing for an answer to my question,
> > but was unable to find the answer, and would really appreciate some help
> > with this :
> >
> > When I open up network-admin, and try to change some settings in there,
> > like setting up a new location, it fails with the message :
> > Could not run "su"
> > Check that you have permissions to run this command
> >
> > I've run it from command line, run it with sudo, run it with gksudo, run
> > it with gksu, switched to root, nothing works, it keeps coming back with
> > that message. I know i cant setup the network on command line, but its
> > frustrating me that I do not know why this is happening!
> >
> > Thanks,
> > Riaan
> >
> >
> >   

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