root password setting unoffered at install

Bill Moseley moseley at
Sun Nov 4 17:01:20 UTC 2007

On Sun, Nov 04, 2007 at 08:40:47AM -0800, Kent Paul Dolan wrote:
> 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.

Is there a password in /etc/shadow?  AFAIK, there is no root password.
The first user you setup is part of the admin group, and the admin
group has full sudo rights.

Bill Moseley
moseley at

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