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It said the most common way to use it is to type "blackbox" at the end of my xinitrc file. I did that, (I dont know if I put it in the right part of the file but whatever) but anyways, I went to save and it wouldn't let me. It said to see if I have permission.
Instead of setting a root password I put "No password" because I hate having to type it in. Is this why? I'm using Mandrake 9.01
You need a root password. It's a security basic. At the moment, anyone can get root access to your box and either mess it up for you or add in dodgy programs. Add a password for root - esp. if you are on the net.
What said you need to edit the file? Did you edit as root or as a normal user?
Originally posted by Stalkz I'm the only one who uses my computer
Well, if you don't have a root password and are on the internet at all, that may not be true for long Especially if you have some of the default services like sshd (secure shell daemon) running; IP addresses aren't hard to find out, and the next line of defense is usually the password. Having *some* password is better than none.
Anyway, if /home/stalkz/.xinitrc doesn't exist already, you can just create it.
Anyways, I reinstalled because I found out Blackbox is available to be installed from the installdisc itself, but I still can't edit files. I have a root password now just for the sake of arguement because that might've been why I couldn't edit it, but now I can't edit my blackbox-menu file. Do I have to do something special to edit files NOT directly in my home dir?
You can either su to root and edit them, or, if they aren't at risk, you can change the ownership of the file (using chown) or change the permissions (using chmod). It would probably just be easier to su to root, and edit the file from there.
Most of the time, unless you're doing system-wide configuration, you don't need to edit anything outside of your home directory.
To login as root, open up a console window or Xterm, and type:
(type root password)
(that's s, u, space, hyphen)
If that does not work, you may have a restriction on who can become root in this way; you should be able to get a normal login console by pressing control-alt-F1, or control-alt-F2, F3, etc. (until you see a screen that says "login:"). Login as root using your password.