root password setting unoffered at install

David Vincent dvincent at
Sun Nov 4 17:04:50 UTC 2007

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.
> 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.
> Help?

This should explain things:


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