More information on Server issues

Dave Stevens geek at
Thu Jan 26 16:34:54 UTC 2017

On Thu, 26 Jan 2017 09:08:07 -0600
"Dr. Mikeal Hughes" <macmikeal at> wrote:

> I am trying to find out some specific configuration for OpenSSH. I
> recently had my Ubuntu Server crash. Turns out my backup the boot
> sector was the wrong type UEFI instead of BIOS so I couldn't restore
> and get it to work. So I had to reinstall the Server plus decided to
> upgrade from 14.04 to 16.04. 

did you do a clean install of some version? wipe the drive and
repartition and reinstall? did you install 14.04 then upgrade? have you
done all pending updates?

Anyway I have 4 issues I need to
> resolve. 1. When I try to SSH into the server I get unable, to
> connect with server, please try again later. 

is sshd running?

2. For some reason
> setting at the Server I can only do things if I am the root user.
> Sudo doesn't work. My account is an administrator. 

are you using root at the console then? physically present at the

3. Even from root
> I can't get to the root directory by cd / to be able to edit my
> php.ini file to increase maximum upload limit for wordpress.  I am
> thinking I need to run chmod on the root directory and set my
> permissions to say 755 to get to the php.ini file(?). I am not sure
> how to put my user macmike in a group where I can use sudo. I thought
> Ubuntu did that when you set a user up for admin.  Any how if you can
> give me some ideas appreciate it if you want to do that via my email
> here it is macmikeal at

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