Quickly Enable Root Login in Ubuntu 12.10 (Quantal Quetzal)

Here’s a quick way to login as root in Ubuntu 12.10. This is not recommended as the root user account is disabled for a reason.

In a perfect world, no one should login with total administrator rights (root user) in Ubuntu. But since we’re not in a perfect world, this brief tutorial is going to show you how to quickly enable root login in Ubuntu 12.10


  • Login as Root (Administrator) in Ubuntu 12.10
  • Enjoy!

To get started, press Ctrl – Alt – T on your keyboard to open the terminal. When it opens, run the commands below to create a root password.

sudo passwd root



Next, run the commands below to enable root login in Ubuntu 12.10

sudo sh -c 'echo "greeter-show-manual-login=true" >> /etc/lightdm/lightdm.conf'



Restart your computer and select Login on the Login Screen. Then type the root username and password.




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