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Distribution: Redhat Linux 9, Windows XP Pro, OpenVMS 7.3-1
Firstly Iím completely new to Linux Ė about 3 hours to be precise.
Ok I bought the RH Linux 8 for Dummies book/CD and got a workstation version to install without error on my Sony Vaio GR114MK notebook. The initial boot hung at the ďBringing up Loopback InterfaceĒ so I did a little research on the net and found Kudzu was the offending process and that if I disabled it then Linux would boot, which it did.
Can I permanently disable Kudzu or will this have an adverse effect later on? Iím not really intending to add much more in the way of hardware (except a mouse).
One final (really lame) question: How do I logon as root? I have set up a user account for myself but as Iím the only user I donít really want to keep entering the root password whenever Iím running as priv process.
"I found that kudzu hangs. So the first time you boot up, use linux single and remove the kudzu service by issuing :
/sbin/chkconfig kudzu --del
Further, you need to use "linux nousb" option at boot up."
I would guess that you will need to reinstall kudzu afterwards. This problem may not exist in RH9 (I've never seen it) an upgrade may help and 8 and 9 are very similar, so your book will still be useful.
To log in as root - type root at the login page and then the password you set. Even though you are the only one using it, it's better not to log in as Root too often - you could really damage your system. Far safer to log in as a normal user and use su to act as Root when you need to.
Originally posted by davidmgray One final (really lame) question: How do I logon as root? I have set up a user account for myself but as Iím the only user I donít really want to keep entering the root password whenever Iím running as priv process.
Oh, yes you do. That's basic security proceedure. When you want to administer your system, open an x terminal and:
[phil@uilleann phil]$ su -
Anything typed into that terminal is now in the "god mode". Administer with that and when you aren't physically sitting there administering your computer, close it.
Don't run Linux as if it were Windows. It will be jamost as vulnurable as Windows then.
You can use the chkconfig add option to add kudzu to the list again. I would rather just turn it off though:
chkconfig kudzu off
Like XavierP said - don't login as root all the time it is a bit dangerous and too easy to damage your system. If you are the only person using your system and it is secure then you could just shorten the password to make it easier.