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Old 01-07-2007, 05:58 PM   #1
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problem with root


Went into root and found a gray screen and a yellow triangle with a skull and crossbones in it. Does anyone know what this means?
 
Old 01-07-2007, 06:09 PM   #2
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Not certainly as you didn't tell us what distro or Xwindow enviornment you are using, but I bet it is because you should NEVER sign into a graphical enviornment as root. Several distros don't allow you to do so, and you probably have one of those.

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Old 01-07-2007, 06:22 PM   #3
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problem with root.

I have Mepis 6 and haven't downloaded any thing except what is in synaptic. I have no idea what is wrong.
 
Old 01-07-2007, 06:32 PM   #4
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The skull and crossbones with the yellow triangle is the background for root. It's intentional. You are not supposed to log in as root (to the GUI) so they put that there as a graphical warning. You should be logging in as your regular user and using "su" or "sudo".
 
Old 01-07-2007, 06:36 PM   #5
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Here's why

 
Old 01-07-2007, 06:58 PM   #6
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I don't normaly go into root. This was the first time in over a month.The only thing I downloaded was Opera 9.1. It took about 3 hours.
 
Old 01-07-2007, 07:12 PM   #7
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But you still don't need to sign into the machine as root to install. You can just open a terminal as your regular user, then use su to become root, then install the program. Then exit from the root terminal, and you'll have opera installed, without the huge danger of signing in as root full time.

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Old 01-07-2007, 07:30 PM   #8
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I didn't use root. As I said, I don't go into root because it can cause to many problems. I only went to root to delete adept. It was causing me problems. I found the triangle when I first got there.
 
Old 01-07-2007, 07:39 PM   #9
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Same thing applies there. You didn't need to sign in as root to remove it. If you start the software removal tool as your regular user, it would prompt you for the root password and just that process would run as root. That is much safer.

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Old 01-07-2007, 08:14 PM   #10
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I kept getting that it was busy. wouldn't let me do anything. Couldn't add or remove any files at all. Couldn't even get synaptic to activate. Kept telling me it was busy also. I went to root //user to delete adept. Thats when I found the triangle.
 
Old 01-07-2007, 08:31 PM   #11
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That is very strange. You may have found a bug, or just something was misbehaving on your system when this happened.

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Old 01-07-2007, 08:35 PM   #12
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Probably some process went berserk. Next time run top and kill the offender. All can be done from a terminal window.
 
Old 01-07-2007, 08:47 PM   #13
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If synaptic was running when you tried to remove the program using apt-get it would show it as being busy. Make sure there are no programs running when tring to uninstall. Type "top" in terminal to see whats running.
 
Old 01-08-2007, 06:47 PM   #14
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Thanks for all the messages, but they don't tell me what the gray screen and triangle and skull and crossbones means. Does any one know?
 
Old 01-08-2007, 07:23 PM   #15
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Post #4 from above -
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The skull and crossbones with the yellow triangle is the background for root. It's intentional. You are not supposed to log in as root (to the GUI) so they put that there as a graphical warning. You should be logging in as your regular user and using "su" or "sudo".
Courtesy of frob23

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