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Just installed 12.04, then formatted an external 2 Tb drive for use. My next step would usually been to have logged in as root, changed the permissions to my admin user, then logged back out. . . but as many have bemoaned that can't be done anymore.

I'm not very familiar with the terminal and am looking for a new method that is as no muss no fuss as it was under 11.


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In terminal log in to root:

sudo bash.

Then, change the permission on the drive it self should be permanent. Worked for me for a similar problem.

chown -R <username> <location>
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worked like charm – Ayush Shanker Mar 22 '14 at 19:26

In terminal:

sudo passwd root

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

Log out. Log in as the user named 'login' with the password 'root'. You will be showing as a Guest. Just ignore, You have root!

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Sigh...I was hoping to give back by getting an answer accepted. This site has helped a lot and I didn't want to make it seem like I was just taking. – JClar Aug 18 '12 at 0:14

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