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Old 12-17-2003, 09:48 AM   #1
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Why doesn't the root user show when I boot up?

How comes when I boot up or change users the root user doesn't show? I realize it is not a good idea to run in root. But sometimes I need to be in root. What is the best way to log into root. I'm very much a . Thank-you
Old 12-17-2003, 10:03 AM   #2
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well whenever you have to do something as root, just fire up a terminal and su - to root. i would say that would be the easiest and safest way..
Old 12-17-2003, 10:12 AM   #3
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Ok, but can I log into a graphical interface with root? By the way I'm using Mandrake 9.1. Graphical interfaces are a lot easier for me to use than the command line. I guess because I am not used to the Linux command line.
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You should be able to use su for your Root user tasks - however

KDE Control Centre
Login Manager
Aministrator mode butoon - type root password
Users tab
Uncheck the cross next to Root user, in "hidden users"

Log out
Log in

if you think you need it temporarily..
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Hurrah, That did it!! Thanks a Lot!!!
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Bad advise, though.

You REALLY shouldn't use the gooey as root,
specially shouldn't be running DE's/WM's as
root. If you need to use the odd graphical tool
just fire it up from your normal user, using
ssh -W root@localhost <tool>



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