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i am using mandrake 10.1 now and i dont see the root option at the login page.. only my username..
how do i enable the root login? is it a bad practice that they disable the root login via the xwindow?
or should i just use su - at the command terminal?
It's advised that you should just use su -. Logging into a GUI as root is dangerous as it is easy to make mistakes, so it is often disabled at the Xwindow login.
RPMs can only be installed as root, and it'd be a pain having to log in and out just to install packages. Use su to gain root access inside the terminal; all subsequent commands in the terminal are considered as if you are root until you type exit.
how do you specify where the package gets installed? Like, if I wanted to make a new directory or something? Moving away from Windows is tough
P.S. How is using su in terminal safer than just logging in as root? I"m sure I could make more mistakes in terminal as su than i ever could loggin in as root and using the GUI.
When you use rpm based distros you don't really have much choice about where to install rpms because they are binary packages that install their files into locations pre-determined by the person who created the rpm.