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12 responses to How to Login as Root in Ubuntu 13.10 Saucy Salamander

  1. Hoover Campoverde January 28, 2014 at 7:45 pm

    Thank you so much Ji m for the help. I did all the steps and really works.

  2. Thank you but for me it says directory not exists. What should I do now?

  3. Help.after putting these commands when I reboot, only a blinking curser occurs and nothing happens

    • @Anupam, reboot into recovery mode and drop to root terminal. Then:

      1. run command to edit the config file:

      vi /etc/lightdm/lightdm.conf.d/50-unity-greeter.conf

      2. Press i on your keyboard to start editing the file and make it look like:


      3. When done, press ESC to exit editing. Then press : on your keyboard and followed by wq and hit enter to save the file.

      4. reboot:

      • changping.zhou July 11, 2015 at 3:16 am

        hi, thanks for your kindly answer that question.
        But it cannot be works when my linux is Ubuntu 14.04, do you know how to enable the “LOGIN” option during OS startup? please send me email if you know it, thanks in advance.
        my email:[email protected]

  4. Thanks for your help to get access to “root” in Ubuntu. I am so much thankful to you. I hope you will share new things like this will help us well, as well as you too by knowing you through the world. Love you brother.
    I am in eager to learn more about Linux and its uses, mainly important commands those which are commonly used.

  5. hi jim.. i need your help coz i cant log in to my laptop.. it was sent to me brand new and i dont know the password soft ware in ubuntu 13.10 it is asking for a password but i dont know it.
    pls help..

    • You may search how to restore forgotten password in Ubuntu in Google. There are quite a lot of good answers.

  6. Sir i tried this method and failed.
    I tried it because i clean installed ubuntu 13.10 desktop.
    Now i am unable to access my hard drive partitions. Whenever i try it says:
    The disk contains an unclean file system (0, 0).
    Metadata kept in Windows cache, refused to mount.
    Failed to mount ‘/dev/sda5’: Operation not permitted
    The NTFS partition is in an unsafe state. Please resume and shutdown
    Windows fully (no hibernation or fast restarting), or mount the volume
    read-only with the ‘ro’ mount option.
    what should i do?

  7. Sorry ntfsfix /dev/sda5

  8. now am have no signal problem when i reboot my pc while change vi /etc/lightdm/lightdm.conf.d/50-unity-greeter.conf
    greeter-show-manual-login=true in ubuntu 13.10

    after that i got soultion again am went change

    greeter-show-manual-login=true i