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    Question apt help

    I installed ubuntu yesterday, it went pretty well, today i'm trying to fiddle with apt i'm getting this message, i'm new to linux and have difficulty interperting this error message

    neshan@Neshan:~$ su
    asu: Authentication failure
    neshan@Neshan:~$ apt-get update
    E: Could not open lock file /var/lib/apt/lists/lock - open (13 Permission denied)
    E: Unable to lock the list directory
    Is it because i'm not loged as root, how do i log as root?

    What am i doing wrong, your expert advice is appreciated.

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    Linux Engineer Javasnob's Avatar
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    Jul 2005
    Don't use su on ubuntu; the root account is disabled. Use sudo instead. Type sudo apt-get update and type your password when it asks.
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    Thank You, now it works, didn't know about sudo, i should search for more info about it in this forum.


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