GNOME/XFree86 trouble logging in with /root
The problem is -- when I try to log in with /root user with X11, I get a frozen screen after entering user id and pw. It shows the Metacity Window Manager icon and text at the bottom and nothing happens anymore. I can move the mouse but it does not help. The strange thing is, I can log in normally with my other user. I can also log in under root in the failsafe mode and I can su root.
I know I was messing around with network settings for the root user. I even took the IRQ and memory range for the ethernet card from Windows and applied it there. At some point it stopped working and I continued changing settings trying out all kinds of things.
I need help with this. How do I go about diagnosing the problem? Which direction should I look into?
I would really hate having to reinstall X11 or GNOME, but if that is what I have to do perhaps somebody can tell me which one to try first (sigh) ...
Thanks and regards,
To find out what settings are messed up you could compare some of the /home/user settings with the corresponding /root settings.
/root/.xinitrc with /home/user/.xinitrc
/root/.xsession with /home/user/.xsession
and so forth. In particular compare the files whose settings you changed in root which have a corresponding setting in user.
That was a valuable reference, thanks! Not exactly those files (we use different distributions, I note ..), but I got it fixed. In my case, the error was in /root/.xsession-errors. I must have guessed right from there ...
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