root login for ubuntu


The root account is disabled by default on Ubuntu installations, mainly to prevent you from doing something you didn’t intend to do. However if you “promise to be careful” you can enable root account as follows:

  1. Type sudo passwd root and provide a root password.
  2. Then head on over to System > Administration > Login Window, go to the Security
  3. tab and check “Enable local system administrator login”
  4. You should now be able to login as root from the Login prompt. As an alternative
  5. you can use “sudo su” to provide your password and get root prompt
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