Bypass Login for 8.04, add super user privileges

Asked by Goat

Hello everyone, thank you to all those who answered earlier questions.
Is there anyway I can bypass the login screen in 8.04, running as a dual boot on a Compaq Centrino Duo, with XP installed first. XP has no password and only one user--with all privileges.
I do have Ubuntu 8.04 running fine, but am not able to add applications. It asks for a password, but then the install fails. Did play around with SUDO commands unsuccessfully.
I would appreciate your expert words of advice. Thanks.

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Ruben Romero (huayra) said :

Hi there,

the password you are asked to enter when using sudo (or trying to open administration tools) is the same password you enter when logging into ubuntu.

There are ways to bypass teh system, but It's kind of complicated (needs a live CD and knowledge of mount, read/write permissions and command line commands to get anything done...) and it should not be necessary.

Try entering the password (check the charset of your keyboard while logged into the system) and then see if you can get apps installed.

Good Luck,


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Goat (afgv) said :

Thank you. Can someone please help with installing sudo. If someone is kind enough, could they please post the steps involved, or point to a place where it has been done. Appreciate it.

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Michael Nagel (nailor) said :

ubuntu has a superuser that can do everything.
this user is called "root" and has no password set. that means no one can log in as root.

you can open a terminal and put "sudo" in front of a command however. this causes the command to be run with superuser rights. you will have to provide a password, this is your USER password. it works for all users in the admin group, and the primary user created during installation is in this group.

programs from the system->administration menu are automatically launched with superuser rights, and might require your password, too.

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