Clearing up the Ubuntu root Myth

January 19, 2007 at 2:33 am 3 comments

I just want to clear something up about Ubuntu and it’s counter parts. Ubuntu DOES have the user root. (He’s just hidden really well hidden 😉 ) You don’t have to use the account, and may not be able to login as root with normal means, but it’s there.

Don’t believe me? Open up a terminal and type sudo su - and you’ll be sitting at a prompt that says root@yourhostname#. Still don’t believe me try grep root /etc/passwd

# Notes to self about sudo

Sudo can be configured easily enough to ask for your own password instead of the user you are sudoing to, which explains why you never have to know the root password. (no password’s set anyway) Your user is a member of the admin group (along with many other groups) which would be like the wheel group on most other distros.

The Ubuntu permissions configuration is defiantly something I’ll look at after ACPI, but it will have to be heavily modified when I configure Slackware.

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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Daniel Dell  |  January 19, 2007 at 6:10 am

    You can also type:

    “sudo passwd”

    Ubuntu will ask for your regular
    usr passward. Type it in and
    press ENTER.

    You will see prompt:

    “New Unix Password”

    Type in the password you would
    like for Root.

    “Reenter New Unix Password”

    Type it in a second time, and

    Now, to change to root,


    You will be asked for your new
    Unix password.
    Type in the new password and

    Voila! You are now Root.


  • 2. root  |  April 11, 2007 at 6:51 am

    sudo -s also switches to root.

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