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Unable to recover sudo (not user) password for ubuntu linux


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#1 Pentazoid

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Posted 26 September 2011 - 03:43 PM

I have been googling tips on how to recover sudo password for ubuntu linux. However, the only pages that have been popping up are tips on how to recover the user password, not the sudo password. I did not initially know my sudo password because the computer I bought was a refurbished laptop and had ubuntu linux os already installed on it. It was pre used, but it did set me the option to set a new user password. I need my sudo password to download certain software applications and to update some software applications.

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#2 rburkartjo

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Posted 26 September 2011 - 04:02 PM

pen, your sudo password should be the same as your user password. check it out and let me know. when you get prompted for password try it. very rarely is the sudo password different than the users. if this doesnt work try resetting your password and then your password should work for sudo. hope this helps
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Posted 26 September 2011 - 04:10 PM

let me know if you still have to reset your password. i will give you a link for an easy way
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Posted 26 September 2011 - 04:59 PM

Try resetting my user password needed to log on to ubuntu linux? My user password and sudo password are intrinsically linked?

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Posted 26 September 2011 - 05:25 PM

On Ubuntu the first user assigned a password is an administrator using sudo. You use that user's password for sudo. If you're the only one on the machine, your password is the sudo password.

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Posted 26 September 2011 - 05:26 PM

yes but you can change that also so if you have to
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Posted 26 September 2011 - 06:16 PM

That worked, thanks. The problem was, I thought my log on password was my username password.

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Posted 26 September 2011 - 06:32 PM

pen glad you got it fixed
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