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Old 02-18-2008, 07:05 AM   #1
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Multiple Helps

1. In Mandriva, how can I autologin the root user?
2. Is it possible to add a "system" menu in Ubuntu (similar to the one seen in Mandriva)? Ubuntu truly gets frustrating in the absence of such a menu that allows easy access to "advanced" functions.
3. I faced this problem in Ubuntu. The installation would only show 1024 resolution. In Mandriva I could easily reconfigure the monitor and the card from the System menu, test the new setting and apply it (or automatically revert to older settings). In Ubuntu, I had to do it from the terminal. Since Mandriva could do it, I did not bother with backing up xorg.conf file, and used the reconfigure command. X crashed. From the terminal, how do I reconfigure X? What is the editor I can use to manually edit xorg.conf from the terminal? (Gedit didn't work, nor did emacs.)
4. In the situation described above, would deleting the xorg.conf file have helped in causing X to reconfigure itself automatically? What is the command to delete a file from the terminal? I tried erase, delete, del etc .. no luck.
5. In Mandriva, I have a problem with the USB ports onboard the motherboad. Every component on the motherboard is getting detected properly, but plugging in any USB device crashes the system and a cold reboot is the only solution. And doing this causes the file system to get corrupted, and the system will not boot and I have to reinstall the whole OS from scratch. Is it possible to "rescue" the installation without having to reinstall it all over again? (Something similar to sfc /scannow in windows?)

Old 02-18-2008, 07:20 AM   #2
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May I make a suggestion, pick one distro and get it working asking one question or two on same distro because it will take a lot of space to get the answers and whys to your thread. If you are interested in more than one distro, partition ahead of time then add another when the first is working the way you would like.

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Old 02-18-2008, 09:07 AM   #3
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Originally Posted by htnakirs View Post
1. In Mandriva, how can I autologin the root user?

autologin for root, is not only unwise, but mistake while running root and bye bye system...
allowing it to autolog allows anyone to screw with your install...
Win allows that and look at the problems there...

as for the other questions, as the last poster stated, start with one and work thru that...
Try doing tweeks to the first OS,..

geditis fine for txt...try using su then password then
vim file-address/name
to edit while in a terminal.
Old 02-19-2008, 03:46 AM   #4
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Suggestions accepted. But, I was under the impression that with the many distros, it is better to go around installing the different distros to find the one that suits you best.

I'll start off with Mandrake only. The only drawback is that it crashes when any USB device is plugged in.
Any suggestions on how to rectify this?

What is the fastest way to recover a partition with a corrupt superblock? I tried the e2fsck -b 8193 option, that accompanies the error message. No luck. So I did a reinstall.

How to remain superuser for a session. Everytime I click on the Control Center link I am asked the root password, I would like to avoid this (which is why I wanted to autologin as the root).
Old 02-19-2008, 09:05 AM   #5
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Another suggestion, start a new thread in the newbie forums and maybe use a title such as "USB crashes". When you ask your question post the info on your computer such as hd, mem, cpu and of course the distro you are using at the time. Also list any errors that may appear. First get your hd straightened out.

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Old 02-19-2008, 03:17 PM   #6
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to remove files and/or directories, rm
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Logging in as root or maintaining root permissions for a session is just stupid. It defeats the whole idea of system security. If you want a vulnerable system just run windows. Default admin permissions is the main reason windows is so insecure.

One of the primary points of Linux is system security, so why use it if you simply want to defeat this? It's not like typing in a password is that difficult or time consuming.


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