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I just installed Mandrake 10.0 in dual boot with Win2000. It is the first time I install a non-microsoft os on my machine and the first time I use it by myself so... i'm not so used to it. Mandrake installed Lilo as the boot loader and set up Linux as the default os. Since I am still shamefully using Windows more than Linux, i want to modify lilo's config file.
I found that this file is located in etc/lilo.conf. I am able to read this file but since I am not logged in as root or admin or whatever, I don't have a write permission.
I'm searching for a point-and-click type of anwser but I am also interested to know how the good guys do it.
Originally posted by BadBigShot I read that login as root is to be avoided for security reasons. Is there a way to modify this file without logging out from KDE but by just getting the proper permissions to perform the action?
Loggin in as root should only be avoided when you have no reason to be root. The security reason is just that it's all-too-easy to accidentally delete a file and damage the system when logged in as root. If you actually have changes to make, such as modifying the lilo.conf file then there's no problem. The su method outlined by someone above is good because you su, enter the root password, do what you need to do and then type exit to stop being root.
I finally found a point-and-click way to do this. Here's a simple mummy-friendly task list:
1) Click the "Star" button
2) Select "System\Configuration\Configure your computer"
3) In the popup window, enter your root password
You're now in the "Mandrake Control Center"
4) Click the "Boot" icon
5) Click the "Boot loader" icon
6) Click the "Next" button
7) In the listing, select the OS you want to boot with
8) Click the "Modify" button
A new configuration window appear
9) Check the "default" checkbox
10) Click the "OK" button
11) Click the "Finish" button in the "Mandrake Control Center"
You're done! Congratulations!