Should SWAT offer a way to login on systems with root access disabled?

Christian Perrier bubulle at
Tue May 29 18:09:33 GMT 2007

This was initially sent as bug #4663 but Jerry suggested I bring this
to -technical so that it can be discussed with a wider audience:

On Debian systems since the release of Etch and on Ubuntu systems for a while,
the root account may be disabled. In such case, the first created user is
generally added to sudoers.

However, SWAT insists on login in with the root account and the root account
Unix password.

Would it be possible to offer an alternative login method for users of such

This is Debian bug #378454

The same "bug" is reported in Ubuntu as well:

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