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Old 05-30-2003, 07:29 PM   #1
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Any idea how to login as root in Mandrake 9.1?


I just upgraded from 9.0 where I was able to type in "root" but 9.1 doesn't seem to provide anywhere to type. Weird, huh? I have the os set to automatically login as "auburn" and I created two other login names as well. So, once I'm all booted up and logged in I can log out and choose another login name...but only with the mouse. The other two options are reboot and halt. I didn't find any submenus under them either.
Btw, I also selected to run without passwords for root and all other login names.

Tia!
 
Old 05-30-2003, 08:15 PM   #2
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You must use the dhcp or whatever is called. It's not the graphical one where it showes the users image and all that but I think you have to change the way you login using UserDrake.
 
Old 05-31-2003, 11:27 AM   #3
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well that stinks. I like my gui.
 
Old 06-01-2003, 01:20 AM   #4
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I have the facility to log in as 'root' did you specify a root password and logon name when you installed?
 
Old 06-01-2003, 01:55 AM   #5
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Re: Any idea how to login as root in Mandrake 9.1?

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Originally posted by auburn
I also selected to run without passwords for root and all other login names.
That's just a bad idea... No root password is horrible practice. There are some distros now that will not let you login as root if you chose not to set a root password.

Anyway...

Plug around in your boot section on your Mandrake Control center to find the place where it describes logging in. It does assume gui login.

Cool
 
Old 06-01-2003, 02:07 AM   #6
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Menu>Configuration>KDE>System>Login Manager
 
Old 06-01-2003, 03:01 AM   #7
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I also selected to run without passwords for root and all other login names.

TuxToaster... this needs root priviledges and he can't log in as 'root'. He's snookered I think!

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Old 06-01-2003, 07:21 AM   #8
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Ekim Gran, dhcp has nothing to do with a gui login, and UserDrake is for editing user accounts, not changing the gui login system.

'Menu>Configuration>KDE>System>Login Manager' would change the KDM, KDE Display Manager, however the default Mandrake display manager is Mdkdm, and is designed so that you cannot graphically log in as root. You dont want to anyway, as the default desktop has no functionality enabled and there are evil things like no prompts before deleting items.

It's all designed to let newbies know that root+gui is bad.

If you need to change some system configurations, either read man su or type su -, or use KDE's (as it's the default window manager) Run... menu option, and enter the root password in the extended options area.

No root password is frankly a stupid idea. The install forces you to at least set one, and everything is done for a reason which will benefit you.

Last edited by Proud; 06-01-2003 at 07:25 AM.
 
Old 06-01-2003, 03:21 PM   #9
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There's one more thing I meant to mention:

I installed this time with gnome as my default x-manager (correct terminalogy?). Previously I installed and used kde.

The kde default gui login prompt provided me a place to type in root (but no icon to click) and that worked great. Unfortunately, Proud, I don't believe I'll ever be much of a command-line user. That's on a level of expertise I'm not interested in reaching.

It sounds like I'll have to go back to kde.
 
Old 06-01-2003, 03:40 PM   #10
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it's not at all involed to change to root via su in a terminal. Whilst you don't strictly need to use terminals when you're using a desktop environment like, there isn't the same seperation that you'd know from windows / DOS. just open a terminal and type "su", it's really not hard, and very good practise...
 
Old 06-01-2003, 05:03 PM   #11
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'x-manager' would commonly be called window manager. KDE is also a desktop environment, or package of apps
You can enable clickable pics of exactly which users you choose with the KDM.
su is very good practice.
Have you seen the root desktop for Mandrake yet?
Have fun configuring that back to do anything
 
Old 06-01-2003, 05:26 PM   #12
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just type "su" in a terminal, eh? I could do that! Thanks for insisting guys.
 
Old 06-01-2003, 05:32 PM   #13
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Type man su for more info, or sometime su - works better (read the man pages for why)
 
Old 07-13-2003, 12:50 PM   #14
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Smile Login as 'root'

TuxToaster had the right idea. Go to menu>configuration>KDE>system>login manager. Enter your password, and then select the 'USERS' tab. Uncheck the X next to root, then reboot. Voila., you can now boot as you, or root.
 
Old 07-13-2003, 12:56 PM   #15
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It does seem that the default MdkDM uses the KDM settings, but I never left MdkDM around long enought to know that
The time it takes to figure out how to change from MdkDM to KDM should at least hint to you why you dont want to use the (by default, utterly cripped) root desktop. Go Mandrake!
 
  


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