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    can't login with root

    Hello,

    I installed Ubuntu a few months ago with a user ID that the system asked me to provide which is a three character id.

    Now, I want/need to login as root, but the system won't let me.

    I can switch to root after I login with my id, but I want to login using ssh root@192.168.x.x instead of ssh abc@192.168.x.x

    but when I do ssh and I am asked for my password, and I get an "Access Denied" message, but I know the password is right.

    Any suggestions?

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    Re: can't login with root

    You can't log in as root. You especially can't log in remotely as root. Log in as a normal user and then use sudo if you need to elevate your privileges temporarily.

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    Re: can't login with root

    Quote Originally Posted by CatKiller View Post
    You can't log in as root. You especially can't log in remotely as root. Log in as a normal user and then use sudo if you need to elevate your privileges temporarily.
    Ok Thanks! I had no idea about that.

    But I have an issue now, I am doing:

    Code:
    sudo mysql_secure_installation
    and I get this warning:
    NOTE: RUNNING ALL PARTS OF THIS SCRIPT IS RECOMMENDED FOR ALL MariaDB
    SERVERS IN PRODUCTION USE! PLEASE READ EACH STEP CAREFULLY!

    In order to log into MariaDB to secure it, we'll need the current
    password for the root user. If you've just installed MariaDB, and
    you haven't set the root password yet, the password will be blank,
    so you should just press enter here.
    I am trying to install the ISPConfig control panel on my localhost to test it, and one of
    the steps is to set a root password in MariaDB, so for that I need to open mysql_secure_installation,
    but when I type in the password I know, I get:

    ERROR 2002 (HY000): Can't connect to local MySQL server through socket '/var/run/mysqld/mysqld.sock' (2 "No such file or directory")
    Enter current password for root (enter for none):

    Any thoughts?

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    Re: can't login with root

    Did you create a root password in mysql? It is not the same as the root password for the operating system. The message tells you to hit enter if you haven't created a password specifically for mysql yet. You will be prompted to create it later if you do not have one.

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