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The root user on Virtual DICE

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Unlike on a normal DICE machine, all users of Virtual DICE can use the superuser root. The root password is also root. There is more than one way to become root:

  • If you need to run a single command as root, prefix the command with sudo. For example:
    sudo make install
  • The su command gives you a root shell. You will need to give the root password (which is root) at the prompt:

Feel free to use root to experiment and to configure the virtual machine as you like. Do be cautious using root if you're not familiar with it as the superuser privilege makes it easy to delete or damage crucial parts of the operating system. If you accidentally break the virtual machine beyond repair, it can be deleted and reinstalled from the .ova file.

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