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Old 03-03-2014, 10:12 AM   #1
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Question please help with login problem in slackware.

i am completely new to slackware. I find it a beautiful platform to learn. So, I think here comes my time for first lesson. After installation I logged in by adduser command with a username and password. After first session went alright today i logged in I was again presented with the non graphical interface at bootup. I again used the adduser command and used the user name same as in the first session. Access denied saying that user exists. I entered as another user. In the third session I didnot used the adduser command and simply enterd with startx command. And in this case I an not able to view the files i created during my first login. So, My question is how to login to slackware using an existing username?????Or, every time we have to create a new username(seems unlikely).Please help
Old 03-03-2014, 10:48 AM   #2
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At the prompt, type in your user name. You should be prompted for a password. Enter that and hit the Enter key. Then type startx.
Or you can change the runlevel from 3 to r in the /etc/inittab file to boot to gui.
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First, this question should probably be moved to the Slackware forum.

Second, if you created, as root, a user name and password and saved it, you should be name to sign on to that user name.

Is your computer booting to the command line? If so, when it asks you to log in, simply do so. Enter your user name, hit enter. When prompted for the password, type in the password for that user name and hit the enter key. That should do it.

If you signed in as root, log out, then log in under your user name.

BTW, for security reasons, one user cannot see the files of another user, but root can.

Did you install Slackware from a DVD? The entire process of creating a user name is outlined in the Slackware Linux Installation HOWTO, which is on the CD and DVD and
there is information on the procedure here,

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Old 03-03-2014, 11:42 AM   #4
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Once you boot in slackware you get a non graphical (Terminal) loggin.
Type the username you created hit enter then type your password once you have logged in as user type
There are ways to have slackware boot into the graphical interface

Graphical Login
To start with a graphical login screen on boot instead of Slackware's default console login, change the default runlevel to 4. Edit the file /etc/inittab and change the line that looks like


Note the difference from other Linux distributions; many of those use runlevel 5 for their graphical login. In Slackware, runlevel 5 is identical to runlevel 3 (console boot).

In the graphical runlevel, you will be greeted by one of the available display (login session) managers. Slackware will by default look for the availability of GDM (Gnome Display Manager), KDM (KDE Display Manager) and XDM (X Display Manager) - in that order. You can also install a third-party login manager like SliM but you will have to edit /etc/rc.d/rc.4 and add a call to your new session manager all the way at the top.

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