LinuxQuestions.org
Visit Jeremy's Blog.
Go Back   LinuxQuestions.org > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Newbie
User Name
Password
Linux - Newbie This Linux forum is for members that are new to Linux.
Just starting out and have a question? If it is not in the man pages or the how-to's this is the place!

Notices

Reply
 
Search this Thread
Old 07-25-2012, 04:40 PM   #1
Cara25
Member
 
Registered: Mar 2006
Location: Nashville, Tennessee
Distribution: Salix 13.37 with KDE
Posts: 257

Rep: Reputation: 36
Admin privledges


I've been a very happy Mandrake/Mandriva user for the past 10 years. I recently swapped over to Slackware/Salix on a new HP Compaq.
During the install of the Salix/KDE I was informed at a dialog box that users could not make system or hardware changes from the GUI apps. I used the same user ID and password for both the administrator and myself as a user. After a successful installation I try to make many other setups involving the system and hardware from the various GUI apps in the system. When the app asks for the admin ID and password, the apps will not accept it.
My question, how can I access the GUI based apps as an administrator ? I'm not adverse to the command line but I can not configure my machine exclusively through the command line.
Many thanks in advance,
 
Old 07-25-2012, 08:58 PM   #2
pixellany
LQ Veteran
 
Registered: Nov 2005
Location: Annapolis, MD
Distribution: Arch/XFCE
Posts: 17,802

Rep: Reputation: 728Reputation: 728Reputation: 728Reputation: 728Reputation: 728Reputation: 728Reputation: 728
You can typically run any program at root (administrator) by simply opening a terminal, typing "su" to become root, and then typing the name of the program. I just did this with nautilus and the program came up---but with no cues to remind me that I was running in superuser mode--see below

The standard advice, however, is don't do this. For example, with one small slip of the mouse, you can very quickly kill your entire system with the file manager.
 
1 members found this post helpful.
Old 07-25-2012, 09:20 PM   #3
Cara25
Member
 
Registered: Mar 2006
Location: Nashville, Tennessee
Distribution: Salix 13.37 with KDE
Posts: 257

Original Poster
Rep: Reputation: 36
Thanks, I will try the next time I start the machine up. The big problem with this is knowing the names of all the apps I need to run.
 
Old 07-25-2012, 10:18 PM   #4
frankbell
Guru
 
Registered: Jan 2006
Location: Virginia, USA
Distribution: Slackware, Mageia, Mint
Posts: 8,104

Rep: Reputation: 1538Reputation: 1538Reputation: 1538Reputation: 1538Reputation: 1538Reputation: 1538Reputation: 1538Reputation: 1538Reputation: 1538Reputation: 1538Reputation: 1538
Quote:
Thanks, I will try the next time I start the machine up. The big problem with this is knowing the names of all the apps I need to run.
One way to figure that out, if nothing else works, is to open up the menu editor and see what program the menu item is calling.
 
1 members found this post helpful.
Old 07-26-2012, 03:34 AM   #5
brianL
LQ 5k Club
 
Registered: Jan 2006
Location: Oldham, Lancs, England
Distribution: Slackware & Slackware64 14.1
Posts: 7,081
Blog Entries: 52

Rep: Reputation: Disabled
To open any GUI apps in KDE as root, use kdesu.
For example:
kdesu system-settings
kdesu dolphin
 
1 members found this post helpful.
Old 07-26-2012, 04:38 AM   #6
gapan
Member
 
Registered: Feb 2007
Posts: 344

Rep: Reputation: 106Reputation: 106
Quote:
Originally Posted by Cara25 View Post
When the app asks for the admin ID and password, the apps will not accept it.
You're either:
1. Typing the wrong password
2. You're using a keyboard layout that doesn't correspond to the one you used during installation, so you think you're typing the correct password, but you're not.
3. You have a laptop and you have set the numlock key to being on, so you think you're typing the correct password, but you're not.
4. You have a laptop and you had the numlock key on when you set the password, but you don't now, so you think you're typing the correct password, but you're not.
 
Old 08-02-2012, 08:24 PM   #7
Cara25
Member
 
Registered: Mar 2006
Location: Nashville, Tennessee
Distribution: Salix 13.37 with KDE
Posts: 257

Original Poster
Rep: Reputation: 36
Thanks for everyones help. The admin log on problem was solved. I don't exactly know how, maybe by logging on as root through the terminal registered the root password so that the GUI apps would accept it, I don't know, now back to setting up my new Salix machine. Not there yet but close.
 
  


Reply

Tags
administrator, guis, slackware/salix


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
[SOLVED] User Privledges - VNC vs Console AudioMechanic Mandriva 4 06-25-2010 03:26 PM
Read privledges for Windows drive bobvh77 Slackware 4 12-16-2006 12:37 PM
User admin and N/w admin on Gnome hangs ssrini *BSD 2 07-28-2005 08:55 AM
[Redhat] make "admin" account same privledges as "root" Bi0haZarD Linux - Networking 20 01-12-2005 11:47 AM
root privledges robmainella Linux - General 7 09-01-2003 10:25 PM


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 02:19 AM.

Main Menu
My LQ
Write for LQ
LinuxQuestions.org is looking for people interested in writing Editorials, Articles, Reviews, and more. If you'd like to contribute content, let us know.
Main Menu
Syndicate
RSS1  Latest Threads
RSS1  LQ News
Twitter: @linuxquestions
identi.ca: @linuxquestions
Facebook: linuxquestions Google+: linuxquestions
Open Source Consulting | Domain Registration