In the recent query "How to login as root on Fedora 14 from console"
John VV replied:
Originally Posted by John VV
but please do not use that "pam" hack
there ARE VERY big problems with that .
A lot of tools WILL NOT WORK from root if you do .
both fedora AND the Gnome desktop
killed off the root gui boot
-- for GOOD REASONS ---
AAMOI & FMI what are those good reasons?
I ask because, apart from su -, I've been using the "commentingoutline2 in /etc/pam.d/password" hack to get at "root" for months and have just had an FC14 winDoze"BSOD"equivalent - ie after the usual 10 or 15 second's worth of hdd "concretemixer"
noises it would get to the "F" logo and "hang" - no mouse pointer would appear and it would get no further.
The cause, I think, was that I'd been shuttling back and forth from my user account to root trying to alter/freeup the @#$% permissions when suddenly neither password (root or user) was accepted - and when rebooting it just "hung".
I "solved" this by downloading (from cyberciti.biz) the "full" installDVD to get at the "rescue" bizzo - the "stripped" down 1xCD (ex a magazine's coverDVD (Feb APC ex Oz)) that I'd installed offof didn't seem to have the "rescue" gubbins in it.
The rescue seemed to have to rewrite SElinux labels or something like that and then it all seemed to work OK again - am using it now.
Except that after the "autoupgrade" it just did to the ...100 kernel it seems to come up with:
"No root device found
Boot has failed, sleeping forever."
And I have to go back to the 2.6.....97 kernel again to get it to boot up.
Is it the "pam hack" causing this or is it perhaps my possibly "fraying" sdd? - an excellent (AShampoo) winDoze app that I use seems to show slightly/slowly declining sdd health.
A good/timely reminder to back up everything important! - onto my USB external hdd.
Even considered, for a day or so, "going to the cloud" - ie using my ISP's server for in and out emails - only need a browser for that