root password?

Derek Broughton news at
Tue Feb 5 02:01:19 UTC 2008

David Koski wrote:

> On Monday 04 February 2008 07:31, Derek Broughton wrote:
>> Pete Clapham wrote:
>> > The root account /is/ enabled, but it isn't given a password, so you
>> > can't access it directly.  What you have to do is to sudo passwd root
>> > and enter a password.  Since you've zapped your sudoers file, you
>> > probably can't do that.  Personally, I much prefer to do a su and know
>> > I'm a superuser
>> The point is, that you'd be pretty much unique if, having done "su"
>> you "knew" you were a superuser.  People do that, and then forget...
> I would not call that unique.  There are many distros that have passwords
> for root by default. 

What's that got to do with anything?  I was merely suggesting that it's
nigh-on unbelievable to me that he uses a root shell (doesn't matter how
you get there) and always _knows_ he's a superuser.


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