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Old 06-28-2006, 05:30 PM   #1
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having trouble logging in as the root user

i am running fedora core 5. i am trying to log in as the root user to install a tarball package using the instructions posted at the top of the forum. this may seem like a basic question but this is the NEWBIE forum.
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If you're trying to login as root at the graphical login, this might be disabled by default (it is in Debian). You can change that in the GDM login setup somewhere in your menu or by editing /etc/gdm/gdm.conf. Generally this is disabled as a safety measure. From your user, open a terminal and type su - which should prompt you for the root password. This will make you root (your prompt should change from a $ to a #) for whatever commands you type next. Type exit when you're done being root.
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Also--in the Gnome GUI menus, there is (somewhere) a menu selection to enable the root user to log in to the GUI.
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thanx this is exactly what i needed you guys are awesome


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