Being root

Amedee Van Gasse (Ubuntu) amedee-ubuntu at
Wed Jun 24 12:52:38 UTC 2009

On Wed, June 24, 2009 12:09, bill wrote:
> 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 ?

Normally Linux is the same as Unix, but Ubuntu is a special case: the root
password is encrypted, effectively disabling root. You need to use sudo.

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