I am the super-user dammit!

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I am the super-user dammit!

Postby SupaNova5k on Tue Apr 21, 2009 5:21 am

I'm a Linux virgin. Got Linux for the first time ever on my PC. Installed ok, followed the step by step guide.

But now I'm trying to install the varius Linux versions of my drivers. It keeps telling me I need to run this as the super-user. But I am! root is disabled (as recommended in the installation guide) and I am the only other account.

What am I doing wrong?
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Re: I am the super-user dammit!

Postby fwc on Tue Apr 21, 2009 5:47 am

I find it strange that they told you to disable the root user in installation, I thought it was suppose to be on. I think the only way to test whether you are really root is to go into the terminal and try typing fdisk -l and see if it accepts the command. If it does not accept than you are not the admin and must type sudo fdisk -l where it should prompt you for a password. the -l is a lower case L. Hope this helps, and maybe someone knows more who can guide you better.
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Re: I am the super-user dammit!

Postby proxima_centauri on Tue Apr 21, 2009 7:00 am

Even though you are the only user, you still are a normal user. To become "super user" you need to issue the command
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sudo
before any other command in terminal. For instance instead of running
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fdisk -l
you need to use
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sudo fdisk -l
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Re: I am the super-user dammit!

Postby Aging Technogeek on Tue Apr 21, 2009 7:01 am

You don't need to have the root password enabled to do anything in Mint. When it asks you for a password, just enter the password you chose during the installation. This gives you superuser privileges for the action you are performing.
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