Root password question

  • axeman71
Posted: Sun, 04/19/2009 - 15:15
Newbie here. I understand user accounts vs. root access and know that you want a different password for each. During the setup for 3 alpha, I don't remember being ask for a root password. I created my user account and set a password for that and wondered why it didn't ask for a root password. Now when I start something like synaptic it will ask for a password and I give it my user password and it works. My understanding is that synaptic should need the root password. So is my user password and my root password the same? If so, how do I change the root to something else?

This is the explanation I

  • johne53
  • 10/07/07
  • Thu, 04/23/2009 - 05:47
This is the explanation I was given when I once asked the same question:- When you install Linux, the first user account you set up is taken to be the Administrator - and the Administrator's password is initially used for root. If you don't want the first user to be the Administrator, you can change root's password later.

sudo & admin

  • skullnotions
  • 09/29/07
  • Sun, 04/19/2009 - 15:38
Welcome to the forum:) You don't have a root password set up during the install. Everything is worked through sudo. Synaptic will work with your user password because you're default user is a member of the admin group. It is possible to set a root password if you want to. Cheers! Dave.

Thanks Dave, I had thought

  • axeman71
  • 04/19/09
  • Sun, 04/19/2009 - 15:53
Thanks Dave, I had thought I'd messed something up.