How To Enable Root User ( Super User ) in Ubuntu

Warning: Enabling root is not recommended. If possible, you should always try to perform all administrative tasks using sudo.

Question 1: I’m unable to login using su command. How to fix this?

By default, root account password is locked in Ubuntu. So, when you do su -, you’ll get Authentication failure error message as shown below.

$ su -
Password:
su: Authentication failure

Enable super user account password on Ubuntu

First, set a password for root user as shown below.

$ sudo passwd root
[sudo] password for ramesh:
Enter new UNIX password:
Retype new UNIX password:
passwd: password updated successfully

Now with the new password you can login as super user with su command

$ su -
Password:
#

Disable super user account password on Ubuntu

Later if you don’t want to use su anymore, you can lock the root user password using one of the methods shown below

$ sudo passwd -l root

( or )

$ sudo usermod -p '!' root

Ubuntu Tips: How To Enable Root User ( Super User ) in Ubuntu

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