, yes, you can use chmod
to "set user or group ID on execution", as the man page puts it. With this set, you will run the application with permission(s) as the owner (chmod u+x
) or group (chmod g+s
) of the file. This is however, not
recommended, for security reasons. At least when it comes to root-owned files.
, during the installation, Mandrake prompts for a root password. I don't know what Mandrake does if it isn't set. Maybe it's left empty; try su
and see what happens - if the password is empty, then you should be let in at once. At least, I think
Otherwise, I think it's not that difficult to reset it. Unless I'm mistaken, give the option init=/bin/bash
at the boot
prompt and you should get a shell. Then use passwd
to reset the password.