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Thread: Lubuntu - root password at install time?

  1. #11
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    Re: Lubuntu - root password at install time?

    I think it is more inconvenient to log out of one account and then log in to an administrator account in order to run certain commands than it is to use "sudo" to temporarily become administrator.

    Other distributions of Linux, such as Debian, require an administrator or root account to be set at install time as well as a user account. Administration tasks can only be done from the administrator account. The temptation is to login as root and continue working as root rather then logging out and logging back in as a standard user.

    I mention these things because this discussion is taking place in the New Users section of the forum. As others have mentioned this subject holds dangers for new users. Even long time users can easily mess up.

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    Re: Lubuntu - root password at install time?

    The Username and Password entered during Lubuntu installation is for the "main" user who has sudo permissions.
    A normal $HOME directory tree will be set up for this user with "root" permissions.

    The /root directory is normally "dead" and is basically needless.

    I've worked with Lubuntu for over two years now, and have no problems prefacing terminal commands with "sudo" when needed. The first command entered will need a password, then you can just continue working (the sudo permission will time out after 10...15 min.).

    In the file manager (PCManFM-Qt), just go under "Tools" and select "Open as root", then you can work with sudo permissions until you close the window.

    I have NEVER had any need for su access. In fact, I'm haappy that it's not there. Far too tempting and dangerous.

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    Re: Lubuntu - root password at install time?

    Quote Originally Posted by grahammechanical View Post
    I mention these things because this discussion is taking place in the New Users section of the forum. As others have mentioned this subject holds dangers for new users. Even long time users can easily mess up.
    +1. Thank you @grahammechanical.

    This is the New to Ubuntu sub-forum. Giving advice on how to enable the root account and thus set a huge bear trap for oneself in a section provided especially for newbies is... questionable.

    To those who so blithely give such instruction, please read and take to heart our forum root policy:

    https://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1486138

    If you wish to instruct people to set a root password please include, at a minimum, the nature of the problem at hand (permissions) and information on how to lock the root account again.
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    Re: Lubuntu - root password at install time?

    Thanks for the responses. So similar to Unix yet very different.

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