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As you can guess I am a Linux newbee. I have recently installed Mandrake 10.0, which is by the way an excellent version!
When I was asked if I wanted to auto login a single user I said "yes". Subsequently, there have been times that I needed to be the 'root' user to have full permissions to transfer files to my /usr/bin/ directories, and so on.
My question is, can I now create a login for root? I have tried doing this in the KDE/Mandrake interface, but I keep getting the "root is already a user" type of message.
If I cannot do this, how can I allow the only user - me - permisssion to copy or move files as I described above?
I think what you are looking for, that is if you want to use the GUI as root is the following:
In Mandrake 10:
System > Configuration > Configure your Computer >
Enter Root Password
Select "Boot" icon > Select "Autologin" Icon
From here it's easy. You will notice you have the option"Launch GUI at system start", uncheck that.
The next time your system starts it will bring you to the text login. Enter "root" , <enter>, Root's password. Once acknowledged type "startx", this will lauch the GUI as root.
You can also login as yourself and start x.
Mandrake will not allow, as far as I know (very little), root to autologin ever, so its safe. Hope that helps.
I then selected the file manager that uses the funky looking 'M' icon (It runs sort of like a FTP) I can't remember the program name right now and I'm not at home on my system to look - Sorry! In the settings for that program I told it that it should allow 'root' to use it.
When I launched the program it allowed me to copy the files I wanted to put in /usr/bin/ right where I needed them.
The neat thing I can see in linux (and I'm just barely scratching the surface I know) is that there is always more than one way to skin a cat!