[TriLUG] Ubuntu 12.04 root password reset

Alan Porter porter at trilug.org
Mon Apr 30 10:14:37 EDT 2012

> I also seem to remember that recent ( last year or more ) versions of
> Ubuntu have no "root" password, but insist on you using "sudo" from your
> own user account.

There's a big difference between "insisting" and coming configured that
way by default.

To switch to using a root password:
$ sudo passwd root

To switch to using sudo instead of a root password:
$ apt-get install sudo ; adduser username sudo

To disable the root password:
$ sudo passwd -l root

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