Trouble Logging In as Root

Victor Sterpu victor at
Sun Nov 9 18:36:14 UTC 2008

Just execute "sudo su" on a console.

hippie dream 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:
> sam at sam-laptop:~$ su root
> Password: 
> su: Authentication failure
> sam at sam-laptop:~$ 
> Am I missing something really obvious here? How can setup my computer so
> that I can login as root? I have all my files backed up so if another fresh
> install is required that is certainly as possibility. 
> Thanks for your help.
> Sam

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