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Old 02-24-2005, 07:02 PM   #1
Nei125
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Help with using GUI as root


Hi

I hope someone here can help a newbie, I've been bashing on getting Mandrake 10.1 up and running on my machine and have got this far.

I am trying to install new codecs for mplayer and I have downloaded the packages and used ark to unpack them. Mplayer website says to put them in /usr/lib/win32

I've created a new folder in the root terminal and tried to unextract only to find ark has created another folder in my win32 folder.

Anyway to my question, when normally using the GUI (KDE) i dont have access to create new folders in these sesitive areas, how do you use the GUI in root mode?

Anybody

Cheers


Nei125
 
Old 02-24-2005, 07:44 PM   #2
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Hello!!

Well... You just have to login as root... I think this operation is completely possible using Mandrake... and other distributions...

So you just logout from your normal user, logout (in kde), and login as root. It should work!

See you

/edu
 
Old 02-24-2005, 08:32 PM   #3
Bruce Hill
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Or, the proper way, is to open a terminal and then
su to root. Never run your system as root, unless you
want one of these little crackers to waste your system...

You only use root for admin purposes.
 
Old 02-24-2005, 08:37 PM   #4
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If you use KDE, you can run "kdesu konqueror" and konqueror will run with root privileges. As mentioned it's not really safe to login to a GUI desktop environment as root.
 
Old 02-24-2005, 08:47 PM   #5
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How about going in your Start menu > System Tools > File Manager - super User Mode. Just enter root's password and in that konquorer session you are root. Be careful. When done close it.

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Old 02-25-2005, 04:35 PM   #6
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Thanks for your help and the advise regards logging in as root. I've managed to get what I needed done. I decided to only way to learn this new OS was to remove Windows and brave it out.

Im about a week in now and all is going well. The only thing I miss is TBH the media player, but Im getting there with Kaffine.

Thanks again for your help!

Cheers
 
Old 02-25-2005, 04:39 PM   #7
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Check out Mplayer. It will just about anything out there under the sun.

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