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Old 05-19-2007, 05:17 PM   #1
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root login


Sry this is a very stupid question...but I don't know how to login as root.
A friend says that I have to press Alt + F2 to login as root but that doesn't work.
I hope you can help me with my stupid problem

btw I use KDE 3.5.5 with kdmmanager

thx Apfelbox
Old 05-19-2007, 05:22 PM   #2
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You want to login as root via the login screen? Or do you want to do it while in busy with linux? That can be done by typing "su" (without quotes), in the konsole.

Or if your busy in kde, you could press CRTL+ALT+F1, and then you'll be presented a CLI, there you can login as root too. There are many options here, so more details about what it is you want would be nice.
Old 05-20-2007, 12:41 AM   #3
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The newest Mepis is based on Ubuntu. In Ubuntu, the root account is locked and you're supposed to use sudo for administrative tasks. 'sudo' will prompt for the user's password
If you prefer a 'normal' root account, run the following command in a terminal
sudo passwd root
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But with that all said: being logged in as root is bad practice,
it's as stupid as driving the car w/o your seat-belt, or a motor
bike w/o helmet.

You really should make use of sudo to do admin tasks rather than
working as root with a GUI.

Old 05-31-2007, 09:28 AM   #5
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OK thanks for all answeres


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