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Old 06-01-2003, 01:07 PM   #1
davidmgray
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Question Disable Kudzu?


Greetings all,

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.

Thanks in advance

Dave.
 
Old 06-01-2003, 01:12 PM   #2
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I believe that somewhere in the system menu you can find a service configuration menu selection. You might be able to disable kudzu from there.
 
Old 06-01-2003, 01:16 PM   #3
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I found an answer here.

"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.
 
Old 06-01-2003, 01:21 PM   #4
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Re: Disable Kudzu?

Quote:
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:
Code:
[phil@uilleann phil]$ su -
Password: 
[root@uilleann root]#
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.

# Basic security
Linux Questions Security references
Security Help Files
Firewalls and Security

# Redhat links
RedHat Linux Manuals
Maximum RPM
rpmfind
Easier software management: apt4rpm - Red Carpet
RedHat 8.0 Tips & Tricks

# Redhat 7.3 down configuration commands
setup leads to several configuration tools

# Redhat 7.3 up configuration commands
Configure soundcard:
redhat-config-soundcard
Configure X server:
redhat-config-xfree86
Configure network:
redhat-config-network
 
Old 06-01-2003, 01:22 PM   #5
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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.
 
Old 06-01-2003, 01:24 PM   #6
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One more addition to that post, when it first asks you to log in, type root then the password. The way shown above is for quick commands like editing read-only files and schtuff.
 
Old 06-01-2003, 01:58 PM   #7
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Cheers all.

Went to service configuration and uncheck Kudzu, rebooted and viola - no problem with the Loopback interface.

Yeah I take all your points regarding not using the root account for everyday use, I just wish the password could be a bit shorter than 8 chars. Can it?

Dave.
 
Old 07-07-2003, 10:51 AM   #8
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