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Old 07-12-2011, 05:42 AM   #1
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Unhappy Lost Menus in root profile

Morning everyone,

1st time poster so hello all.

I've been handed the role of looking after my company ftp server which is running redhat. I've logged on as root & have somehow lost all of the menu items from the grey toolbar. All i now have on the desktop are the disk & partition icons. I haven't changed / added anything, just logged on to the box. The only way i can log out or reboot is to press in the server power button which cannot be right ?
Is there anyway of making the menu options visible so that i can at least familiarise myself with the O/S ?

Many thanks
Old 07-12-2011, 06:04 AM   #2
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Maybe you were previously logged in as another (non-privileged) user?

I assume they "grey toolbar" is the gnome panel or whatever red hat uses by default these days. You can add things via the context menu (right click), but you really shouldn't be using the root user all the time, much less in graphical mode, where any wrong click can literally destroy your server.
Old 07-12-2011, 06:25 AM   #3
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yeah the gnome grey panel is indeed what i'm talking about. However, nothing happens if i right click on it. If i reight click on the desktop i get the option to open a terminal. All i have on the dekstop is my computer, root & recycly bin icons. The root account is the only account details i have been given to use with this server, so i cannot log on as anyone else ! More help please if this makes sense !
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It's usually considered a bad idea to log into a GUI as root.

You can either use the command line, or log into the GUI as a non-root user and start only certain GUI apps as root using "gksu" and/or "kdesu".


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