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Old 08-02-2004, 01:20 AM   #1
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Logging in as root after ¨normal" account created

I´m sorry if this sounds very noob but i´ve been using linux for little over 24hours

I was installing wine and as you might know i had to create a normal user and well now i don know how to log back in as root on Mandrake 10.0

in the login box i only have one user (not root) so can anyone please tell me how

Thanks in advance
Old 08-02-2004, 01:35 AM   #2
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I have had no experience with Mandrake since v9.1 but I can tell you two things.

1. This may sound like a stuipid answer but I'll say it anyways. If they have a box to type a username and a graphical user select like windows XP, root will not appear on the graphical but you can still type it in.

2. If there is no way to type it in all I can say is to go play around with the endless amounts of GUI config tools Mandrake has.

3. If you absolutely need root priviledges you can open up a terminal and type su - , you will get promted for a password (the root's) and then you will have root access from the command line.

Unfortunately I couldn't DL anyversions of mandrake so I lost track of it.

Don't worry about being a noob. We all started somewhere :P

P.S. either "su" or su -" will work. but for most administrative stuff there should be a GUI based application for it and if it requires root priviledges it will promt you for a password

Last edited by Tamsco; 08-02-2004 at 01:39 AM.
Old 08-02-2004, 01:36 AM   #3
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first of all, general wisdom is to use a normal account for everyday activities and only switch to root when you need to perform system tasks.
so, you can log in as the normal user, then when you need to be root, run the command
when you're done working as root, run
if you still want to log in as root directly, and if you use kde, go to Control Center -> Login Manager -> Users. there you can unhide the root user. if i remember correctly from the time i used mandrake, it will warn you that you shouldn't log in as root that way.
welcome to linux

Last edited by rgiggs; 08-02-2004 at 01:41 AM.


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