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Old 08-10-2004, 04:45 AM   #1
Shoal
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Root Folder Shortcut


This is the dumbest newbie question ever. I'm using Mandrake 10 official, first of all, with the GNOME desktop environment.

I can create links on the desktop to every folder in / with no problems, but I still can't figure out how to actually create a link to / itself! I feel really stupid... can anyone help me with this?

Thanks,

Shoal
 
Old 08-10-2004, 06:20 AM   #2
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To my knowledge, you normally can't do that graphically. Hence the usual suggestion that I've seen posted by others is to do stuff like that in a terminal as command line instructions

which would mean that you'd open a terminal,
Code:
su
then apply your root password and it'd then depend what you want to do as to what command(s) you'd input.

I'd imagine that even if you've managed to make shortcut's to various root folders/directories etc you won't be able to do much with them - you may not even be able to read the files etc in the folders/directories and would just get "Permission Denied" - unless you've changed the permissions - that being the case is there any point in having a user account if you're gonna want to do all the root admin from your user account - just do everything as root - which negates the need for a user account, and is rather defeating the point of multiuser system's as not only could you screw the system without really trying, but so can anyone who might get access to your system whether locally or remotely (and with virii, trojan's, etc etc).

Your system, your choice!

regards

John

p.s. If you follow this link that'd keep you reading up on commands for a while + if you check out the "how to read manpages" link in my sig, then when you're in a terminal, you'd just type "man whatever" and if there's a manual page for it, it tell's you how to use the command though it's in "techie speak", hence using the "how to read" link!

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Old 08-10-2004, 07:57 AM   #3
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Thanks, I have to try that "su" thing.

And don't worry about me having a user account--there are no users on my PC. Only "root" and no passwords. It's just me, my apartment, and my PC here.

Thanks,

Shoal
 
Old 08-10-2004, 08:23 AM   #4
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apparently it's a better policy to create a user account for yourself rather than staying in root all the time, just in case you don't shoot yourself in the foot and do something irreversible accidentally
 
Old 08-10-2004, 03:37 PM   #5
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Oh, I'm aware I could really screw things up. But, you see, I've completely conquered the concept of that actually hurting me. You see, I keep all of my important files on a seperate, often un-mounted HD. The only thing on my Linux partition is the OS itself.
 
Old 08-10-2004, 08:41 PM   #6
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would that also include any customisations that you do to either your desktop or any other regularly used applications that you like ?

regards

john
 
Old 08-11-2004, 01:02 PM   #7
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I'm always willing to recustomize. I do it all the time with Windows. Yes, I know there is more customization with Linux, but I like starting out with a clean slate every once and a while.
 
  


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