root password setting unoffered at install

Kent Paul Dolan xanthian at
Sun Nov 4 16:40:47 UTC 2007

Hi, new kid on the block here.

I just installed Ubuntu 7.10 (64 bit desktop version), and I
was not offered a chance to set the root password during the
install. Did I miss something, or is the default password for
root published somewhere? I'm quite nervous about the default
being left in place, so any help would be appreciated.

I do know one trick: boot from the installation drive, remove
the shadow password file, null the password for root in the
password file, boot again from the hard drive, and go forward
starting with a null root password, but that seems like more
work than I should have to do.



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