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Old 03-29-2005, 01:30 PM   #1
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Unhappy Root Login Broken

Hi Everyone,

I just installed Ubuntu Hoary preview 5.04 and the KDE packages and am somewhat impressed with it.

I have a quite major problem though: I can't log in as root.
This is a very necessary thing for me as almost all things I do in Linux require root access and sudo just won't cut it.

Can anyone tell me how to make the system allow me to log in as root from GDM?
I would appreciate it very much.

Thanks in advance.
Old 03-29-2005, 04:55 PM   #2
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to set a root account after install via the sudo user account

open a terminal
(not the root terminal)

sudo passwd root
press enter

enter user (sudo) password

then enter a root password
re-enter the root password

close terminal

then open
computer/system config/logon setup/security
tick root can log on using GDM

log out then in the logon window
then the root password

you are now in root on Ubuntu ...
Old 03-29-2005, 09:03 PM   #3
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That's strange...

Resetting the root password like you said fixed it.
I already had GDM set to allow root to log in but it still didn't work.

I am logged in as root now so thanks a lot!


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