I just gained root access following steps from the http://www.wikihow.com/Become-Root-in-Ubuntu. My prompt get changed from $ to # sign, indicating I have root access. Now I have come out or log out or disable root access. For that I tried sudo passwd -dl root. Then it shows the message:

passwd: password expiry information changed.

But I still have root access, and I am still having # sign instead of $.

root@hostname:~# still appears instead of xyz@hostname:~$.


From what I gather you're simply trying to return to your user account after gaining access to root.

Try typing


in terminal. Or you can simply press CTRL+D.

  • 3
    This just closed the whole ssh client.
    – Tigerware
    Oct 31 '18 at 20:28
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    CTRL-D did it for me from root@ to linux shell. The good old 'exit' was not recognized or 'quit' did not work either.
    – Mugé
    Aug 31 '19 at 14:08

Just type exit and you will leave the root shell and get a shell of your previous user.


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