Can't log in as root on new 7.0 install

Jesse Sheidlower jester at
Mon Apr 14 17:02:05 UTC 2008

On Mon, Apr 14, 2008 at 12:01:22PM -0500, Derek Ragona wrote:
> Jesse Sheidlower wrote:
> >My helper did successfully log in as root over the console,
> >and rebooted the server. However, all of my above problems are
> >still the case: I cannot log in as root over ssh (OK, you
> >addressed this), or by logging in as a regular user and doing
> >a "login root"; and I cannot su to root even though I'm in the
> >wheel group.
> >
> >When this is up and running I won't allow root logins at all,
> >but my issue right now is that I'm not at the console and need
> >to actually install things on the machine (sudo, for
> >example...). So aside from being on the console, how _can_ I
> >get this access on the machine?
> >
> >Thanks again.
> >
> >Jesse Sheidlower
> Are you logging in as a regular user then trying to su to root?  If you 
> are, what error are you getting?
> When you first login type:
> id
> and verify you are in the wheel group.

I had done this, but I just discovered the problem: I was
trying to su to root using the _user's_ password, not the
_root_ password.  I don't normally use su, I use sudo.

But now that I can in fact get to root this way, I'm on my

Thanks very much.

Jesse Sheidlower

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