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I am the sole user of my computer so I use my root user name for everything. I am tired of logging in all the time and entering a keyring so I was hoping that creating an automatic login would resolve that. It didn't, so now I have a broken password and I cannot install any programs and I cannot fix my password. Does anybody have any help for this? Thank you.

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Logging in as root instead of your normal account is an Incredibly Bad Idea. During the normal course of things, the only time Ubuntu asks you for a password is when you install new software or updates - and even that can be configured not to require a password, I believe.

If you can no longer log in because you don't remember the password, you could reboot to the recovery console and change your user's password from there:

passwd myusername

however, I'm afraid you may've stuffed the permissions up when opening your files as root... you may need to change ownership of your home dir:

chown -R myusername:myusername /home/myusername
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Thank you! I had to change ownership. – Randy Oct 20 '11 at 1:07

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