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Old 09-07-2007, 08:37 AM   #1
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Root Login Problem

Dear all,

In my Linux Pc i can't able to login as root in my x . i can able to login in run level 3. When i am enter username & password in GUI it show like login then comeback to the same login screen. As any other normal user i can able to login. Can someone help me.
Old 09-07-2007, 09:12 AM   #2
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what distro?

perhaps it's console root only

what if you open an xterm and
su -

you should really avoid doing this anyway.
just open an xterm and su when you need root access
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Most GUIs are set to disable root logins. (It's a really bad idea to do root work from a GUI, since a GUI runs many "hidden" processes, and -- potentially -- giving root access to those processes coul cause reall harm to your system.)

So, what you're describing is a feature, and should not be considered a problem.

The login-by-root prohibition can be removed. (It's an option on the login settings screen of KDE, for example.) But you should really seriously reconsider logging on as "root" into any GUI.

And, if you do need a GUI as "root," never access the Internet (or any other network) while running as "root."

If I were you, I'd leave the settings as they are now, and -- when I needed a GUI as "root" -- I'd log in at run level 3 and use the startx script to start an X session for me.


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