[SATLUG] Root Password - Help Please!!!!

Cheryl Holmes cherylholmes72 at gmail.com
Wed Sep 29 12:16:05 CDT 2010


I think we resolved the issue through launchpad now and we have downloaded
the driver per their supplied link.

Keeping our fingers crossed.

Thanks to all who responded!
Cheryl

On Wed, Sep 29, 2010 at 11:51 AM, Charles Mims <chmims at gmail.com> wrote:

> I use Ubuntu, but have never cared for the lack of root access except using
> sudo.  On occasions
> it just doesn't work e.g. try to set up a cups printer using a browser.
>
> Ubuntu does create a root account but does not assign a password.  You
> simply need to create one.
>  $ sudo passwd root
> You can then create the password for root and 'su' into the root account.
> On Wed, Sep 29, 2010 at 10:59 AM, Cheryl Holmes <cherylholmes72 at gmail.com
> >wrote:
>
> > Thank you so much for your simple and easy explanation of sudo.  I really
> > appreciate it.  Going to take a look at the file I transferred from the
> old
> > desktop entitled executable text, whatever that means that has to do with
> > that printer install to see if there are any sudo commands in that.
> >
> > Thanks again!
> > Cheryl
> >
> > On Wed, Sep 29, 2010 at 10:42 AM, Don Wright <satlug at sbcglobal.net>
> wrote:
> >
> > > Cheryl Holmes wrote:
> > > >Resetting up mom's computer with my helper.  Using Ubuntu 10.04.
>  Trying
> > > to
> > > >install Lexmark printer drivers but asking for root password.  I have
> no
> > > >idea what that is or if it is something I may have checked some where
> > that
> > > >we shouldn't have checked.
> > >
> > > Cheryl--
> > > Ubuntu does not have a root password - the root account is disabled by
> > > default and all operations that need root access are handled by the
> > > 'sudo' program. 'sudo' stands for 'do this as the super user" (root).
> > >
> > > Whenever you have a command that needs to be run as root, for example
> > > "ifconfig eth0", you would type "sudo ifconfig eth0". sudo will then
> ask
> > > for your (the logged-in user's) password. If your account has
> > > appropriate permission to use sudo (which Ubuntu sets up for the first
> > > user by default) then sudo will execute the command as if by the root
> > > user.
> > >
> > > Most of the GUI menu commands have the graphical equivalent of sudo
> > > already included. sudo is also clever in that it remembers you have
> > > permission for a few minutes and will not ask for your password again
> > > until some time has elapsed since your last sudo command.
> > >
> > > Different distros handle the need for root access in different ways.
> > > Some, such as Puppy, run everything as root but provide security
> through
> > > another mechanism.
> > >
> > > If you need additional explanation, please post the exact command
> you're
> > > trying to run and we'll go from there.  --Don
> > >
> > > --
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unselfish, undying love, devotion and companionship of  blessed little
angels we call our pets....(in memory and deepest love, Hillary, June 2008;
Misty Nov. 2007; Maxi, July 2004; Sheba, May 2000).


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