aptosid-*.iso - Live Mode root password

Please note: Whenever you execute something with root permissions, you should know what you are doing! For web surfing over the internet no root access is required.

aptosid-*.iso default password

On the aptosid-*.iso no root password is set. If you want to run a program that requires root-privileges you have several choices:

Simple method, just type:

To set a (temporary) root-password

Open a console/ shell:

aptosid@0[aptosid]$ sudo passwd
Enter new UNIX password:
Retype new UNIX password:
passwd: password updated successfully

Now you can use this password for the rest of your aptosid-Live-session.

sudo is not supported on hard disk installations, see sudo and sux on how to set an alias.

Running a program from a root-shell

Typing su-to-root -X -c <application> in a terminal will take you to root with Xapp privileges.

Open a console/ shell:

aptosid@0[aptosid]$ su-to-root -X -c gparted (or whatever you want...)

Some KDE applications require dbus-launch in front of the application:

dbus-launch <Application>

Another option generic to all major Desktop Managers is:

Alt+F2 su-to-root -X -c <Application>

For example:

Alt+F2 su-to-root -X -c gparted

To get out of being root in the konsole type:


or just click the top right hand corner to close the konsole.

In case of a lockout on an aptosid-*.iso you need to do the following and follow the prompts to set a password:

sudo passwd

Once the password is active, action the following:


Installing software whilst on a Live-CD

apt-get update
apt-get install your-preferred-package

Note: when you power off the Live-CD, no changes will be kept, except if you enable fromiso and persist.

Content last revised 09/04/2013 0100 UTC