Being root

Pete Clapham pc44062 at
Fri Jun 26 17:31:38 UTC 2009

Hey, doesn't it depend on what you want to do?  There are some times 
that sudo works well, and others where it's a good idea to be root.  For 
example, if you're doing a whole raft of command-line commands and you 
have to be root, it's a whole lot easier to do an /su/ and go to root 
than to type /sudo/ in front of every command.  Yes, it lets you in to 
the possibility of doing damage, but you have to know the risk.  
Frankly, I wouldn't use Ubuntu if I couldn't go to root, and I find sudo 
a pain in the neck.  But does this mean it's bad for others?  Of course 


Derek Broughton wrote:
> Jerry Houston wrote:
>> On Wednesday 24 June 2009 03:26:30 am Mark Syms wrote:
>>>> 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.
>> Heh ... it's done here.
> LOL.  While I oppose activating root accounts on principle, I would never 
> have said it's "never done" :-)
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