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Old 06-10-2005, 10:49 AM   #1
redhat_marsi
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switching between user and root without logging out


hi guys!

i have problems with switching user and root account.

each time i'm logging out to switch b/w user and root.

could anyone guide me to switch b/w them using terminal or others so.

even after giving root password it requires user to be root, why it is so?
 
Old 06-10-2005, 11:14 AM   #2
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You should be able to switch to root at a terminal using the 'su -' command, and then entering the root password. You can drop back down to your normal user by typing "exit" at the same terminal.
 
Old 06-10-2005, 11:17 AM   #3
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Are you using the switch user command 'su'? That is what you should have to type (at the console) to assume the role of root:

[regular access]
su
password
[root access]
.
.
.
exit
[regular access]
 
Old 06-10-2005, 01:09 PM   #4
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just try this

in the console type

su - username
Then it prompts for ur password .

Similarly if u want to switch to ur root login type

su - or
su - root
It's over then.

Last edited by saipraveen; 06-10-2005 at 01:11 PM.
 
Old 06-10-2005, 10:05 PM   #5
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Run program as User or Root in KDE

You can also run a program as root or any user in KDE.
either ALT-F2 or Run Command from the menu, then click on options, run as user.
 
Old 06-10-2005, 11:50 PM   #6
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thank u guys!
it works well.
 
Old 06-13-2005, 09:23 AM   #7
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Please do not run programs as root unless you absolutely need to (for instance, a lot of people only burn cds as root). Create a sudo file (search it on this site) that limits the access to vital resources to make your computer less susceptible to hackers, should they get access to your account.

Last edited by azucaro; 06-13-2005 at 09:24 AM.
 
Old 06-13-2005, 11:38 AM   #8
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Exactly - Sudo is your friend.
The idea is "do as SU", to allow you to work as superuser. Also, you can give the user privileges for certain functions, even if they don't get "the full admin package". You should install it and edit the sudoers file for this.
 
  


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