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Thread: I don't know how to root Linux

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    I don't know how to root Linux

    I haven't done any research on this yet, but I thought I'd ask. How do I get to be root user in Ubuntu? I want to install Java's latest JDK package manually into the system folder, but I can't unless I'm root (I tried and it says so on Oracle's site).

    Thx,

    Aaron

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    Re: I don't know how to root Linux

    That's the purpose of sudo. For those things that require you to be root, preface your command with sudo. For example, sudo apt-get install xxxxxx. The system will then ask for your password. Note it is asking for YOUR password, not root's. That command will then be run as root. For safety reasons Ubuntu does NOT activate a root account. The odds are you will never need to BE root. Sudo will handle most everything.

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    Re: I don't know how to root Linux

    For more info on sudo and the root account OP, please read

    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/RootSudo

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    Re: I don't know how to root Linux

    Quote Originally Posted by Chace4Dreams View Post
    I want to install Java's latest JDK package manually into the system folder, ...
    Thx,
    Aaron
    Installing and configuring Oracle Java 7

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    Re: I don't know how to root Linux

    I located a JDK 7 PPA which is easier than a manual installation and will update . Note that sudo is used in the commands.

    http://www.webupd8.org/2012/01/insta...buntu-via.html
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    Re: I don't know how to root Linux

    +1

    webupd8 FTW

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