On Wed, Mar 12, 2008 at 11:27:36AM -0400, Bill Moran wrote: > In response to Jerry McAllister <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>: > > > On Wed, Mar 12, 2008 at 09:52:38AM -0400, Bill Moran wrote: > > > > > In response to Luigi <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>: > > > > > > > Hi all, > > > > > > > > Maybe it's a simple question but i'm a newbie lost in my new BSDworld. > > > > > > > > I've installed PC-BSD but when I want to install a software, It ask me > > > > a > > > > superuser password. > > > > I think I lost this password. How can I retrieve this superuser > > > > password ? > > > > > > This is a PC-BSD-specific question. There is no such thing as "the > > > superuser" ... it's a colloquialism frequently used by folks to make > > > things sound cooler (or for some other reason I don't understand) > > > > I don't understand this response. Superuser is just another > > name for the root user which is any user id with a UID of 0. > > No. The term "superuser" is a made-up term for any way of gaining > root privs. In my experience it's confusing as there are two > commonly used methods for doing this, the su command and sudo, and > they require different passwords.
I have never seen the term used that way. I have seen su and sudo referred to as ways of a non-root id gaining superuser priviledge/root priviledge but not a superuser as someone who is not root, but has a method of gaining root priviledge. Anyway, the OP sounds mostly like root is what was needed. ////jerry > > Frankly, I don't know whether PC-BSD is asking for the root password > or asking for him to confirm _his_ password for use in a sudo-like > operation. I don't know of anywhere in the FreeBSD base system > that the term "superuser" is used, so I assume he'll get a more > direct answer from the PC-BSD folks. > > > I haven't used PC-BSD flavor, but in general, with BSDs you force > > them to boot - by killing power if necessary, but a clean shutdown > > is better (but that usually requires root). > > The instructions you give are only correct if it's the root > password he lost. It's likely you're right and this will get him > up and running again, but I didn't know that for sure and didn't want > to lead him down a bunch of steps only to find out that it was asking > for something different. > > I was curious about the PC-BSD community and checked their web site. > Based on what I saw, the best advice to me seemed to be to direct him > to them. > > -- > Bill Moran > http://www.potentialtech.com _______________________________________________ email@example.com mailing list http://lists.freebsd.org/mailman/listinfo/freebsd-questions To unsubscribe, send any mail to "[EMAIL PROTECTED]"