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Assign a root password

To be able to log in as root directly, you must assign a root password. This can be done with:

sudo passwd root

Afterwards, you can use

su
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Categories: Linux, Shell, Ubuntu
  1. May 5, 2010 at 18:21

    I noticed you put Ubuntu in the post tag. For Ubuntu, there isn’t any reason to set a root password. If you want a persistent root prompt, you can just use sudo -i

    • May 5, 2010 at 21:55

      Yes, you are right. But sometimes it’s more comfortable to login as root and have full access to the whole system with a ui. I know for security reason one should be carefully with that.

      • May 6, 2010 at 04:34

        For full access to the whole system with a UI, I would recommend gksudo nautilus

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