Root etc. (was Re: DD is not working )

(=?utf-8?q?=60=60-=5F-=C2=B4=C2=B4?=) -- Fernando ubuntu at
Thu Aug 2 18:49:57 UTC 2007

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On Wednesday 01 August 2007 23:13:49 Peter Garrett wrote:
> On Wed, 1 Aug 2007 22:29:37 +0100
> "(``-_-´´) -- Fernando" <ubuntu at> wrote:
> > one more tip: stop recommending users to use "sudo su".
> > Running "su" is more then enought to be root.
> Except that on a default Ubuntu install,  su by itself will not give you
> root, since the root account is "password locked."
> su can certainly be used to "switch user" ( which is what "su" means) , but
> not to switch to root, unless you have created a root password with
> sudo passwd root   ( or just sudo passwd )   or done an "expert" install,
> which asks to create a root password, or at least used to, the last time I
> looked...
> That said, the  method on Ubuntu to get a root shell with correct
> root environment  is
> sudo -i   (equivalent to sudo su - )   not
> sudo su  (equivalent to sudo -s )
> none of these methods are encouraged, though. See
> Peter

I have to agree with you, and since just after install I allways set a root 
password, i forgot that plain old su wouldnt work, because there is no pass.
Sure, sudo -i is the simplest way of getting there, and as allways doing 
things as root can be DANGEROUS

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