flyboy1565 wrote:Usually you don't need to be the root user, you only need to be able to envoke sudo privileges. I don't even see my root user as I have one user with sudo powers
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MALsPa wrote:If you really feel that you absolutely have to have a root account enabled, maybe check this out first: https://help.ubuntu.com/community/RootSudo
I believe you'll find the answer to your question about two-thirds of the way down in that article.
I stick with su in most distros, but in Ubuntu and Mint I've stayed with sudo, with no root account enabled. People debate the pros and cons all the time; I've found that I'm okay with the way it's done in Ubuntu and Mint, though.
MALsPa wrote:You might enjoy this article: http://www.howtogeek.com/111479/htg-exp ... n-sudo-su/
FreedomOfTheOpenCode wrote:I cannot believe that the first distro I chose makes it so hard to log in to a text session as root. I needed to do this because some packages not in the repository do not install properly using sudo in the mdm.
MALsPa wrote:In that situation, couldn't you run sudo -i to log into an interactive shell and then install those packages? Either that or run sudo passwd root to enable the root user account? Just wondering.