sudo versus #

Wed Feb 10 23:56:57 UTC 2010

On Wed, 10 Feb 2010, Loïc Grenié wrote:
> 2010/2/10 KAYVEN RIESE <kayve at>:
>> Also, I notice that when Ubuntu gives me those update dialog boxes my root
>> password doesn't work to allow the installation to go forward.  This makes
>> me irritated, because it instead wants my normal user password, which for
>> me by design is a weaker password that I use for more things and thus
>> could be more easily cracked.  My root password is longer and I use it for
>> less things.  Both are immune to dictionary attack, but it bothers me the
>> way this subverts my configuration.
>    This is the way Ubuntu is meant to be. If you don't like it, it is a bit
>  difficult (I think) to modify. As far as I know (I've not reinstalled lately),
>  root does not have a password by default (which can be a real problem
>  sometimes if, for instance, you need to type root password for a failed
>  fsck on boot).

Well I have fixed that with "sudo passwd" i.e. there IS a root passwd, but 
you are saying you do not know how to configure the Gnome based update 
thingies to ask for a root passwd instead.

>       Loïc
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