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my problem is in my account on ubuntu 13.10 when i open terminal the cursor is something like that "$"

not something like that root@yunus-ubuntu:~# or yunus@yunus-ubuntu:~#

why it is happening i created this account from another admin user typing this

sudo useradd -d /home/yunus -m yunus....passwd yunus.....etc.

i just wanted i clean account but there is a problem of terminal problem.. what is that "$" that not leting me doing anything....i apriciate if you give detailed explanation...do i have to root login or is there any way of to get rid of this nonsense startup...

thanks in advance

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marked as duplicate by steeldriver, karel, Avinash Raj, Radu Rădeanu May 22 '14 at 8:49

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In addition to answers: You can read this for detailed information about root access in Ubuntu. –  c0rp Feb 26 '14 at 11:19

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Try the below command,

sudo -i

It will allow you to login as root.

And your command prompt will changed to,

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It is all right.By default, in Ubuntu you do not have root access.So any admins terminal looks like


To get root access, you can run few commands, for example

sudo su


sudo bash

NOTE:- Generally there is no need of a root terminal, you can execute any command which requires root access by adding sudo at the start, such as sudo <command>.

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thank you very much....login root access is succesfull... i can handle root login with smthng like this ________root@yunus-ubuntu:~# but i cant see this____________yunus@yunus-ubuntu:~# in my terminal there is only one character______________$ how can i see this without being root__________yunus@yunus-ubuntu:~# thankss............ –  user252515 Feb 26 '14 at 14:58
@user252515 # is shown only when you are root, otherwise a $ is shown. –  Registered User Feb 27 '14 at 6:43
yeah i write is wrong so that what i wanted to see yunus@yunus-ubuntu:~$ but i cant. The problem is with "$" even i can't use history commands thats why i am after "yunus@yunus-ubuntu:~$"...... –  user252515 Feb 28 '14 at 8:49

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