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Post by dave1314 » Mon Jun 18, 2018 12:58 pm

Greetings! I am new to this forum but not entirely new to the Linux world. My line of work has me as an admin of a RHEL network of simulators that host classified software for the Army. Don't want to get too descriptive, so that's all I can tell you here! I also recently installed Linux Mint 18 on my college laptop, an HP Notebook. It went like most Mint installs go (i.e., ask me for user name, password, encrypt the home file, etc.), and I am able to log in and stuff, but I can't elevate to root via the command line. Tried su - and gave my password that I set up; su: Authentication Failure. I went thru the GUI and I am able to get elevated permissions there, but on a limited basis.
I sure could use some help to pull my head out of my butt on this one! Lol! :roll:

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Post by WharfRat » Mon Jun 18, 2018 1:01 pm

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Welcome to Linux Mint and the Linux Mint forum :)
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Post by all41 » Mon Jun 18, 2018 3:52 pm

Hi dave1314,
Welcome to the forums.
Can you gain root privilege by
sudo -i
or just
su
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Post by timapple » Mon Jun 18, 2018 5:41 pm

Welcome to the club!
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Post by jimallyn » Mon Jun 18, 2018 6:24 pm

Welcome aboard, dave1314!
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Post by slipstick » Mon Jun 18, 2018 6:55 pm

dave1314 wrote:
Mon Jun 18, 2018 12:58 pm
I am able to log in and stuff, but I can't elevate to root via the command line. Tried su - and gave my password that I set up; su: Authentication Failure. I went thru the GUI and I am able to get elevated permissions there, but on a limited basis.
I sure could use some help to pull my head out of my butt on this one! Lol! :roll:
Perhaps because the root password is, by default, not set. See here for how to set it, if you want:
https://sites.google.com/site/easylinux ... t-password

By the way, check out that entire site - very useful info there. Site belongs to one of our active forum members - Pjotr.

Oh, and welcome to the forum!
In theory, theory and practice are the same. In practice, they ain't.

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Post by kc1di » Wed Jun 20, 2018 9:56 am

Welcome to Linux Mint Forums :)
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Re: Hello!

Post by phd21 » Wed Jun 20, 2018 10:54 am

Hi dave1314,

Welcome to the wonderful world of Linux Mint and its excellent forum!
Phd21: Mint KDE 17.3 & 18.3, 64-bit Awesome OS, Ancient Dell OptiPlex 780 Core2Duo E8400 3GHz,4gb Ram,256gb SDD, Video: Intel 4 Graphics, DVD Lightscribe. Why I use KDE?:https://opensource.com/life/15/4/9-reasons-to-use-kde

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Re: Hello!

Post by dave1314 » Mon Jul 09, 2018 12:20 pm

Hello again everyone. I figured out my issue with the root password and, as stated by a member already, my root password was not set yet. I fixed that using the sudo root passwd command and set my password.
Have a great Monday everyone! :D

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