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A little problem

Postby neuro on Wed Nov 22, 2006 1:38 pm

Greetings, my first try with Linux Mint and my first post here.. :)
Anyone knows "root" default password for Linux Mint? I've been installed it on VMWare and I need root pass to install VMWare tools...

Thx a lot! :)
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Postby Wickermann on Wed Nov 22, 2006 1:46 pm

Did you try with leaving the Password for "root" just free ?
Or..create a new passowrd for root. This can be done under System->Administration--> User and groups.
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Postby 900i on Wed Nov 22, 2006 5:39 pm

The root account is disabled by default in this distro, like Ubuntu. The password is the one you setup when you made your user account.
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Postby sanford42 on Wed Nov 22, 2006 5:43 pm

instead of giving a user account root priveleges through "su", you just type:
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sudo *command*
and it will prompt you for your password.

it took me a while to get used to it, but now that i have, i like it better than su.
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Postby clem on Wed Nov 22, 2006 6:20 pm

Well.. there is a root account, and it's not disabled. The password for it is simply unknown.. (I can't remember if it's random, or simply some hardcoded gibberish stuff defined in the casper-bottom scripts).. but anyway.

Your default account can run anything as root by typing "sudo" in front of the command, so you can perfectly give root a new password... all you have to do is :

sudo passwd root

Et voila.
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sudo -s ?

Postby Quicksilver 689 on Fri Nov 24, 2006 5:11 pm

I could be mistaken here, but I could have sworn that at some point I was able to do "sudo -s", which kept me at the root prompt afterwards, thereby effectively switching me to root.

Anyone able to confirm/deny this?
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Postby whistlerspa on Fri Nov 24, 2006 11:10 pm

I use sudo su - that works after you put in your password
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