very basic about initial install

Jayson Rowe jayson.rowe at gmail.com
Sat Apr 26 17:15:46 BST 2008


On Sat, Apr 26, 2008 at 12:06 PM, <reader at newsguy.com> wrote:

> "Jayson Rowe" <jayson.rowe at gmail.com> writes:
>
> > On Sat, Apr 26, 2008 at 11:50 AM, <reader at newsguy.com> wrote:
> >
> >> Installing Ubuntu 8.1.4 in a vmware as guest on Vista home Premium
> >>
> >> After a successfull install I'm not finding a way to get to a root
> >> terminal and use the text files to do setup chores.
> >>
> >> During install I was asked for a user name and passwd.  I used a
> >> familiar user I always use `reader' but once the install is finished
> >> and I reboot.... I'm not unable to get to a root terminal.
> >>
> >> I thought I might just boot the install disk and chroot to the new
> >> install but using fdisk on the install disk, it cannot find the
> >> virtual /dev/hda from the install...  Seem like a bad catch 22
> >> situation.
> >>
> >>
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> > Ubuntu uses 'sudo' by default rather than having a root login. If you
> must
> > have a purely root terminal session, simply do"
> >
> > sudo su -
> >
> > You will not be at a # prompt and logged in as root.
>
> As I posted in OP:
>
> Harry wrote:
> >> How might I get to a root login?
> >>
> >> When I try to sudo I'm told my machine name won't resolve... when I
> >> try to create a network I told I don't have the privs.  Do actully
> >> have to redo the install and chose `root' when it asked for a user
> >> name?
>
> So to rephrase this:  Sudo fails with the message that my machine name
> cannot be resolved.  Consequently all attempts to use sudo do not
> result in any commands being run as root.
>
> Is there really no way to get a root terminal?
>
> Also is there no way to have a text terminal console, after the
> install?  That is get clear away from the gui mess.  I need the
> regular unix style command line.
>
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Never seen the "sudo problem" you seem to be having.

The only way to "log in as root" would still require the use of sudo to do a
"sudo passwd root" and set a root password. Do you have a hostname set?

If you do not want a GUI at all, you would be better off installing Ubuntu
Server as it's a CLi only install.

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-jayson
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