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What distro are you using? and what are you trying to use root for? If you are trying from say xterm or anyother terminal it would be
then put in roots password.
If you are using Ubuntu then you would just use sudo instead.
something went wrong with my login, saying that my seccion lasted only 10 secounds and that something was installed wrong. but it won't let me log into my name, or my root? what do i need to do about fixing this without loosing everything on my computer by re-installing ubuntu?
It isn't clear exactly what the problem is, or what you need to do about it. Please do the following:
okay this is what the error message says when i boot up the computer. it comes up to my login screen an says
" your session only lasted more then 10 secounds. if you have not logged out, this could mean that there is some installation pronblem or that you may be out of diskspace. try logging in with one of the failsafe scessions to see it you can fix this problem"