Trouble Logging In as Root

Wael Shahin wael.shahin at
Sun Nov 9 07:41:13 UTC 2008


Most probably you have been using the sudo to install software which uses
the password of your current logged on account.
ROOT password on the other hand is not the same.

If you want to su to root then try to reset the root's password first

# sudo passwd root

then enter the password you desire for root. and when done you can use the
new password to # su


On Sun, Nov 9, 2008 at 10:28 AM, hippie dream <tonightsthenight at>wrote:

> Hello,
> I am having trouble logging in as root on a fresh install of Ubuntu 8.10.
> During the setup process, I was prompted to give a password which I can use
> perfectly to install programs and make most changes. However, I think the
> system only set me up as a administrator because when I try to login as
> root
> I receive this message:
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