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Old 12-13-2008, 10:54 AM   #1
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Permision denied to admin

Hi, Not sure which forum I should be in? can anyone help me?

I've tried to use the simple Wizard to install the necessary multimedia codecs for openSUSE 11 but...

"Software installation

The installation has failed. For more information, see the log file at /var/log/YaST2/y2log. Failure stage was: unknown

Error Message

Root privileges are required. Either they were not supplied, or an unknown error occurred.

/var/log/YaST2/y2log wont allow me, the admin, to open this directory, and i'm not sure of terms needed to use the terminal.

This was a simple procedure in 10.3!

Old 12-13-2008, 01:00 PM   #2
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Installing stuff is usually a 'root' privilege--- i.e. average everyday users cannot install or remove software- it's a security thing. When you installed SuSe you set two passwords... one was for your regular old account.... so the nnjond password, you also set a root/admin. password. It is kinda weird that you can't do this from yast..... i would try this...

Open the command line
or perhaps it will be
Alternatively- you can logout and login as root and do it that way.
Old 12-14-2008, 01:21 AM   #3
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The login you are using to install these softwares - does it have root privileges?
If not try to login as the SU and then perform the installations.

Hope this helps!

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