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This is probably one of the most noobest questions to ask, but how do you log in as root?
I can log in through through the shell using "su root" but I want root with a graphical interface. If they took away this feature in Mandrake 10.0, then could someone please help me set up XCDRoast as I get an error when I try run it, "You need a superuser to set it up before anyone else can use it."
I haven't used Mandrake recently, but you should be able to type in root as the username at the login screen and use root's password to log in via the GUI. If you have it set to log in automatically, log out of the GUI interface then log back in as root.
IF you want to login with the gui in Mandrake all you have to do is go to System -> Configuration -> Kde -> System -> Login Manager and add root. You can choose what gui you want to use at the login screen. Once you get in, you should be able to run any program you want.
Be advised that logging in as root is not a good idea one bit and should be avoided at all cost.
a better idea, so that you dont even have to log into root through a gui, why dont you find out the name of the program, run a terminal in the gui, change to root, then run the program. It will open up the program in a gui!
you are not really supposed to log into the GUI as root, but anyway if you insist, the solution is as follows. You need to start Mandrake Control Center, look for a setting to change the display manager and select KDM instead of MDKKDM. Reboot or as root "type init 3" to kill the xserver, login as root again and run "init 5" and KDM should be running.
There is a command for running graphical programs as root called kdesu
Type 'kdesu xcdroast' in the application launcher. You can also use the 'run command' menu, or press ALT-F2 to enter in the kdesu command.
If there is a program that you need to run often as root, you can drag the icon from the menu onto the KDE taskbar. Right click and select properties. In one of the tabs you can select 'run as a different user' and enter root as that user. Then next time you want to run the program as root, you only need to click on the icon and enter the root password.
If you are using KDE, the Run As Root add-in might be a solution.
Otherwise, there is really no reason to login as root. Just su to root and run the program from the command line. The less you run as root, the safer. When the program is shut down afterwards, you exit from root status, and you're back. No reason to change runlevels just for that.