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Old 09-11-2003, 03:56 AM   #1
Iain Wilson
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Logging on as Root


Hi,

I'm rather embaressed to ask this question so please, save your laughter...

I've just installed Mandrake 9.1 and have been having a good mess around with it. However, when I try and access the linuxconf utility it tells me to login as root. "Fine", thinks I. "I've used Mandrake 9.0 - I'll just go back to the login prompt and login from there".

Only I can't. There's merely an icon for users and no space to type in a user name.

Am I missing something horrendously obvious here?



Kind regards,
 
Old 09-11-2003, 04:03 AM   #2
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Don't know mandrake, but...

You should try and avoid logging on as root. Log on as a normal user, open a shell and type 'su'. Enter the root password and run your config utility. Once you're done, type 'exit' to return to your normal user login.

Dave
 
Old 09-11-2003, 04:10 AM   #3
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Thank you!

That did the ticket!
 
Old 09-11-2003, 04:41 AM   #4
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and DON'T use Linuxconf!!!
 
Old 09-11-2003, 08:19 AM   #5
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Just for info,

If you think that you want/need to actually log in a graphic screen as root, mandrake 9.1 is defaulted to keep root as a hidden user.

So, you would have to log in as user, go to the kde control centre (presuming that youre using kde), open system and I think it's called the log in manager. Open that, and then click on "administrator mode" (the buttons at the bottom of the panel), then just uncheck root as a hidden user.

regards

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Old 09-11-2003, 09:35 AM   #6
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That brings me to a similar question, if I'm in the GUI can I log in as root in a terminal but use root powers in the GUI or only the terminal? (I know some programs let you enter the root password)
 
Old 09-11-2003, 09:46 AM   #7
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If you log in to a terminal as root, any gui apps you start from that term will have root permissions. Note that you may need to type 'xhost +localhost' to allow xapps to be displayed.

It's best not to run anything as root if you can help it, though.

Dave

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Old 09-16-2003, 03:23 AM   #8
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Thank you!
 
  


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