View Full Version : [ubuntu] su does not work

June 6th, 2009, 12:46 AM
Kind of embaressing but when i'm in the terminal and type


and then enter my password which works for everything else, it says permission denied.

It's a pain in the bum because I cannot edit the blacklist folder which in turn does not allow me to use ndiswrapper properly and hence makes my wireless card problem even worse. In fact if I use gedit or vi to edit the modprobe file (to blacklist old wireless drivers) I can't save it at all because it says permission denied...

I know I am missing something very obvious but I'm so sick of trawling through the forums turning up dead ends.

Help please!!!

June 6th, 2009, 12:49 AM
The root account is disabled by default in Ubuntu.

Official Answer: Use sudo and gksudo

Disclaimer: It is possible to enable the root account. There are valid reasons to do it. But it's against forum rules to say how.

June 6th, 2009, 01:17 AM
I figured it was along those lines...thanks for that. Worked a charm.

June 6th, 2009, 01:22 AM
sudo su -

June 6th, 2009, 01:24 AM
sudo su -

That's just asking for trouble.

June 6th, 2009, 01:29 AM
lol asking for trouble