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Old 03-18-2003, 11:11 AM   #1
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Angry root has lost its rights

I have Redhat 8.0 running on a Compaq Presario. Somewhere in the last couple of days, the "root" user has lost the ability to run any program which requires administrative rights. I first noticed it when attempting to install an rpm. Whether using the GUI or from a command line, the rpm command doesn't do anything, but doesn't produce an error message either. Further exploration reveals that any command requiring administrative rights won't run. For example, I can't run the Redhat Package Manager, can't adminster users, view system logs, etc. The symptoms are the same for all programs - there's no error message, but nothing happens when trying to run the program.

What happened? How do I fix it?

Old 03-18-2003, 01:16 PM   #2
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in the terminal type id if you get this just restart your computer.

uid=0(root) gid=0(root) groups=0(root)

am telling you to do this because i have noticed that rpm and acouple of other programs seem to hang when your computer has been up for an ammount of days.

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Old 03-19-2003, 08:41 AM   #3
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Rebooting doesn't help. Neither does turning off computer and starting from scratch. Something must be messed up in the configuration files, but I have no idea what.

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Boot of cd, mount your /, cd /etc
and edit your passwd ... check whether
roots uid is still 0 ...



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