Being root

Tony Baldwin photodharma at
Wed Jun 24 10:49:50 UTC 2009

Mark Syms wrote:
>> Message: 10
>> Date: Wed, 24 Jun 2009 06:09:48 -0400
>> From: bill <william at>
>> Subject: Being root
>> To: "Ubuntu user technical support,	not for general discussions"
>> 	<ubuntu-users at>
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>> In unix I am used to logging on as root when I need to do a series of 
>> administrative tasks, aware of the danger.
>> New to linux, I haven't found a way of logging on as root or su'ing to 
>> root. When I installed I did not enter a root password and that makes it 
>> difficult to log in.
>> How does one set the root password, or is this never done ?
> In Ubuntu, this is never done. The first user that is added to the system
> (the one you created during install) is created as a member of the admin
> group and this group can use sudo to run anything as root.
There is no root acct on ubuntu by default, but it can be created
(just as sudo can be enabled in other distros where su/root is the 
default, as I have done on my debian box).


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